Well it's official! I received my enrollment confirmation, I'm registered for this years' Fibre Week at Olds College in Alberta. I am SO excited. This is their 100 year celebration and the Hand Weavers, Spinners & Dyers of Alberta will be holding their annual conference at the same time. Jeremy and I booked our hotel room in December and got the last room just to show how big of an event it will be! I will be taking a Hand Spindles workshop which I really wanted to take last year (from Stephanie Gaustad) but it was sadly cancelled. I have also volunteered again to help out with the fleece auction so you will definitely see me in the marketplace if not all over their beautiful grounds. I will also be visiting the horses and barns :) I am also excited because one of my favourite dyers will be one of the vendors this year; The Wacky Windmill. I already know I won't have enough money :P If you are at all interested in fibre I can't recommend Fibre Week enough. The campus is not only gorgeous, it is so refreshing being surrounded by like-minded people with varying degrees of expertise. I am also very happy from my good friend Deb Behm who will be teaching one of the Master Spinners levels this year! Last year I took a sock design class and the two levels of the Wool Judging course. There are so many classes I am interested in this year, check it out! The countdown begins.
I have been asked to help out fashion designer Riley Lawson, create some unique handknit items for the upcoming Saskatchewan Fashion Week May 9 - 11!! Riley has a passion for her work that is truly unique, she's knows what she wants and she works hard to get it. Riley is the fashion manager for Stella & Sway, she writes a monthly column in Pink magazine is seen on Global TV has done advertising work for the Cornwall Centre, Midtown Plaza, Rockbridge Reality, just to name a few and she is an image consultant on top of it all. She has a very exciting collection to showcase this year you won't want to miss it. This is a very big opportunity for me and I am very grateful to be a part of it.
About a month ago, I was knitting with some friends at Wok Box on south Albert St and we were discussing neat ideas in knitting. My friend Sara had showed me this clock that knits a complete round on a circular knitting machine as the time ticks by. At the end of the year you have a scarf!
"A unique concept shows the passage of time using an accessory that is knitted 24
hours a day for 365 days."
This idea is from designer Siren Elise Wilhelmsen.
I think I need a circular knitting machine......
The Sask Craft Council is a great organization that helps promote excellence in craft. It's members are true artists in whichever medium they work. They have a rigorous jurying process to ensure their members are the best of the best. You should check out their webpage at www.saskcraftcouncil.org. You can see what other members are up to and what projects they are working on. You can also learn about upcoming sales and events they offer. I was part of their Emerging Artists program during Wintergreen this past fall and it was a valuable learning experience and a lot of fun. I checked out their Wintergreen 2012 gallery and saw an action shot of myself spinning some romney (that I processed) during the sale. Can't thank them enough.
Great news, I am now a supplier of Soak products! Looking for the perfect wash for your delicates or wool items? Soak also provides hand and foot cremes which feel really nice! Can't wait to start stocking up :D