But aaack! It's been almost a month since my last post!
How'd that happen?
Actually, I know how. I've been caught up in a market, a coupla mysteries and Xmas making, that's how!
First, about the Market: the Second (Annual?) Lacombe Under $100 Art Market was to be in person in a huge ballroom space in downtown Lacombe, with all the art and fine craft put out on display in advance -- no booths. It was to be held over November 26 and 27, from late afternoon into the evening on the Thursday and from 10 a.m. to late afternoon on the Friday. Strict traffic control. Masks mandatory. Entrance at one end; exit at the other. Hand sanitizer everywhere.
And on November 24th the province's COVID report was abysmal, and stricter health measures came into force. So...the market was cancelled. Cue the weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth.
And then...Lacombe Regional Tourism came to the rescue! On Dec. 1 we got word we could join the Town of Bentley's Online Christmas Market and Craft Sale...and so several of us did.
|"Mug Shots I"|
I filled out my online application, attached photos of seven small artworks, and e-mailed it off. Then I posted the link to the market (which didn't have our contributions yet) on my FB pages -- and was promptly contacted by a friend in Calgary. She was interested in one of the pieces. Details please!
"Mug Shots I" was one of four in a series -- all of which I'd listed in my application for the Market.
Here's where it got a bit tricky. The deal with the Market was that it was a local event, so the pieces had to be picked up or delivered within a week of purchase -- and mailing/shipping was not on.
Meanwhile, my friend had expressed an interest in the other 3 pieces and yes, please, she wanted all four of them!
Well! I dashed off an e-mail to the coordinator, pulled the 4 pieces from my submission, sent an invoice and was paid by e-transfer, then boxed them up and sent them off to Calgary. It happened so fast it's a wonder my head isn't still spinning!
Meanwhile, the other three pieces are still available in the online Market...till December 19, when it closes. I'd post the link, but most of you, Gentle Readers, don't live within driving distance...so...sorry!
Also meanwhile, Bonnie Hunter's 2020 Mystery has begun -- on the day after U.S. Thanksgiving, per usual. This year it's entitled "Grassy Creek" and is inspired by the landscape around Bonnie's cabin and retreat house in Virginia. (Full info HERE.)
I decided it would be a good opportunity to use up some of my recent "inheritance" and if all goes well, I'll give the resulting quilt to the daughter of my benefactor, as she doesn't quilt or knit or any of that sort of thing. I've decided, too, to make it about 2/3 the estimated finished size, so I can manage to quilt it myself.
That said, I haven't yet finished the 2019 Mystery, "Frolic!" I'm at the stage of assembly, and have the first half put together now. In order to ensure I get t the second half assembled correctly, I've actually laid the components on top of those in the first half, and so far it's working well. I've got the "kitty corner" blocks plus the next row of three all together with sashing; I've assembled the next row of five, and laid them out, ready to join up with those. Onward!
First half of "Frolic!" laid out with the corner against the wall.
To ensure I don't get too far behind on "Grassy Creek", I've been constructing the units required as "leaders and enders" to the "Frolic!" project. So far I've finished Clue 1 (except for trimming) and I've completed three sets of units for Clue 2. Clue 3 came out today, so I'd best get a bit of a move on!
Clue 1 units all in a row!
Clue 2 units under construction
I have a terrible habit of reversing things, meaning that I can often assemble the sections of these sorts of units backwards, so they don't match up when I come to put the entire unit together. The only remedy is to take my time and to put a pin in the side of the section down which I'm going to sew. Saves me a lot of 'reverse sewing'!
Concurrently, I've managed to finish all but one of my hand-made Christmas gifts now -- and that last one requires only a dozen rounds of knitting, before it's washed, blocked and wrapped. All the ones for out of town have been mailed!
The last of the knits was a pair of "reading mitts" for my nephew's lady-love. It's the first time I've made something for her, and I've never met her, so I can only hope she likes them:
Pattern: Susie Roger's Reading Mitts
Designer (you guessed it!): Susie Rogers
Yarn: KnitPicks "City Tweed DK" from my stash
Colour-way: "Romance" -- fitting, don't you think? 😉
I made them a bit longer than the pattern called for, so they're really more like "reading gauntlets". I think that adds an extra measure of elegance to them, don't you?
Playing with Katie PM
- Ask "what if?"
- Use multiples of three;
- Use coping strips (I have);
- Slice if needed;
- Be willing to give [a piece] time;
- Listen to your instincts.
- What do you notice when you walk into a room (enter a space in nature)?
- What do yTou remember from childhood -- favourite activities?
- What sparked your impulse to create?
- You feed your imagination with observation; take time to sit/imagine/dream/hope.
- Pay attention!
- Honour both the process and the product.