a recent photo of me and the fam. I'm wearing my
Gemini T-shirt by Jane Richmond in Sweetgeorgia Yarn,
and my Chevron Cardi in Madtosh DK
The past six weeks have been super busy! I'm prepping for an exhibition which is opening on January 5th (at Kube Studios on the Sunshine Coast), as well as organizing American Tapestry Alliance's forthcoming blog tour, AND I started a new job.
I hadn't planned on getting a job until September when Sam is in full-time school since out here in the boonies the preschool he goes to is only open three days a week and I never thought I'd find an employer that would be okay with so few days of availability. But, I did! My position is as the assistant to this awesome stainless steel and concrete jewellery designer. Usually, my days there begin with pounding circles out of sheet metal and I love it. It's been incredibly exciting and sometimes mind-blowing learning all the steps involved in making each piece from scratch. I'm gaining so many new skills and I'm loving working for someone else, ie not depending on my art practice as a source of income. I do have two Intro to Tapestry weaving workshops coming up, though, because I love teaching, and that's not something I'll stop doing anytime soon. One workshop is in Gibsons in February and the other is in Surrey in March. Check them out.
I have still been weaving almost every evening trying to get at least one more big piece off the loom for the show, which means I haven't been getting much knitting done at all. I did, however, make a couple yarn acquisitions that I'm excited about. I got a small batch version of Gauge Dyeworks' All Together Now colourway in a shawl-size skein. Small batch basically means it's a second, meaning the colours are a little off, but it's no less beautiful. I received a small batch discount code in my inbox...get on their mailing list to be notified when those happen. I also bought myself three more skeins of Silk Merino Madelinetosh yarn so I can continue to knit my Hamilton pullover. A few months ago for my birthday, I bought myself two skeins of the silk merino and three of the 100% merino all in the same colourway, hoping I could mix them in one pattern, but even though they are both DK weight the silk merino is a lot less lofty and knits up totally different. So this week I bought myself three more of the silk merino to finish my Hamilton with, and now I'll have three skeins of the 100% merino for a shawl or something. You can never go wrong with extra yarn, right?!
I also bought four of these awesome progress keepers designed and made by local nine-year-old Aiden who makes them to save the grey fox. I love them.
Okay onto local happenings...