I knew the first part of the trip would be the most winter-ish and it was. The roads were a bit icy and somewhat rutted but not insurmountably so. The speed limit is 120 kph and most of us drove between 80 and 90. It took a little longer - which is fine - Ias was more interested in making it through than making it fast.
At one point, I pulled over to get a picture of the ice formations. I loved the way they looked so frosted on the branches. THANK GOD I made sure to have my keys in my hand. Not only was it -27 but the wind was blowing and all I had on - for a quick picture - was a sweater. Locking myself out of the car would have been lethal. There wasn't a lot of traffic on the road.
Today, I'm moving further east. I've spent the last few nights sleeping in Seattle at my friend Claire's. I arrived Sunday afternoon and after dinner, we went to the metal working studio. She's part of a group of artists who pay a studio membership fee to use the facility and equipment - a wonderful group. They were so welcoming and friendly that I wanted to take up metalwork and move to Seattle just so I could join. They did invite me to come back and I'll definitely take up that invitation if I have the opportunity. While they hammered and sautered and set and did other jewelry things, I knit and talked and nibbled snacks. It was lovely as is...
... Claire's other studio - the sewing one - in her home. She has a HUGE picture window in front of her desk that looks out at the yard and equipment and supplies U-shaped around her. It's a beautiful bright psace. We spent most of Monday there.
I got a lot more knitting done - in the puppy and kitty chair - which upsurped the puppies and kitties. They were not too happy about that and wondered about the strange new blanket covering up their scentedness and fur until Coli - queen puppy - squeazed up beside me and snuggled into the corner. All was well. We knit together.
On her dressform is Claire's coat in progress from the Design Outside the Lines retreat this past October with Diane Ericson and guest instructor Carol Lee Shanks. The topic was My Coat: Creating a Personal Shelter - which it is again October 2015.
Claire's coat is based on an out of print Vogue 2182 Issey Miyake pattern with all the wonderful flirty fun details I've come to associate with Claire. The edging is pink organza. I can't wait to see what she does with the opening, hem and buttons.
If you've been reading my blog for a while, you've heard me talk about creating flow by giving away the things I'm not using and making room for what's to come. I believe that what goes around comes around - eventually - although not always in the form you'd anticipated - but in some form. Claire has several "limbo boxes" of things she no longer wants. She invite me to go through them and I came away with some lovely pieces of fabric, some beads and jewelry bits, and several interesting patterns including one Style Arc and one Bonheur, two pattern lines I've never tried... AND...
... a wonderful piece of reversible wool. It was - in the very best sense of the word - a problem fabric that Claire didn't know what to do with and as I was wearing a scarf in the same color combination, it prompted her to pass me her problem. She's relived. I'm excited. I think the fabric has some VERY interesting possibilities. The Design Outside the Lines retreat I'll be attending in May 2015 is called The Perfect Summer Dress with Sandra Ericson. Wool is not typically a summer dress fabric - even lightweight wool like this - but the minute I looked at it, it said dress. Of course it may change it's mind but oh, to have such problems. How lucky I am.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - limbo boxes and generous friends
There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. That little difference is attitude and the big difference is whether it's positive or negative.
- W. Clement Stone
- W. Clement Stone