Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Sleeping In Seattle

It was -18 (Celcius) when I left home at 6:30 in the morning and a half hour later, it was -27. Three hours after that, it was -4 and seven hours later, it was +5. This is far more variance than many countries experience in a year and yet another illustration of why Canadians talk so much about the weather. We have some.

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

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  1. What a fun story. And to be able to take on the problems of a friend, priceless.

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    1. It is a lovely problem "child". I don't mind taking it on at all.

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  2. I am ao grateful that you have the "problem" fabric in your charge now Myrna!! I know you will figure out a way to use it and I can't wait to see its new life!!! Thank you for visiting us!

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    1. Me either. I can't wait to see its new life. On today's drive visions of strip seams and staggering shapes floated through my head. What fun. AND what fun I had staying at our house. Thank you so much for your generosity and a great time together. SO appreciated.

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  3. Passing out from the sheer wonderfulness of it all reading of your adventures with Claire! the pink organza Miyake coat! the puppy and kitty chair! knitting in the puppy kitty chair with the kitty! /swoon

    someone pass the smelling salts!

    oh what fun! thank you for sharing :) And very excited about that 'problem' fabric, Myrna it just screams you. And always exciting to try new pattern lines, heehee even more fun for free! You and Claire are both so generous, it inspires me to be thinking about what more i can do to spread the love.

    Big hugs to you both! Stay warm and have fun, steph

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    1. LOl - except I sat with Queen Puppy in the chair. Queen Kitty and I couldn't do it since I'm VERY allergic to cats but we did admire each other from afar. It's amazing how many fabrics scream my name. So delightful that this one came as a gift along with all those other goodies. One man's treasure and all. Claire is a wonderful wonderful person and great fun to spend time with. Such a gift.

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  4. oh that summer dress retreat looks phenomenal.

    all i need to do is find a bag of american dollars ... ;) but seriously Diane E as well as Sandra E is sock-blowing-off! My mind is whirling once again....especially seeing as i live more and more in dresses, even more so in summer. & I am in dire need - nothing like pure fantasy justified by the mundanely practical ;)

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    1. You know Steph, I'd really like you to step out in bravery and pay the deposit and work it out from there. This retreat is beyond describable and it's screaming your name. A gift to yourself. SO WORTH IT. Think about it.

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  5. Seeing the photos of your journey made me both remember the time I spent in North Idaho, and be grateful for the (comparative) warmth of our maritime climate... and I must say that I am entirely charmed at the thought and photos of your visit with Claire! What a fantastic home sewing and creative space, I can just imagine what a treat it would be to work or visit there. Is the metalwork studio the "new and improved" Danaca up in the University district? I love love love the whimsey of Claire's coat, and look forward to seeing how you Myrna-ise the "problem" fabric. While indulging myself in something like that workshop is not in the realm of reality for me, I so look forward to reading about and seeing what you develop from your time there - it sounds heavenly!

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    1. You do have a way warmer climate even when it's a bit colder like it's been. Claire is charming. She does have an amazing space. Myrna-ising the fabric. Hmm... interesting phrase. Love that. I will definitely share all I can about the worshop next year - and what I do to get ready. I'm thinking since the theme is dresses I may need to wear dresses.

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  6. That little ice fall reminded me of my student days in Calgary. A group of us would drive over to Lake Louise for the day, my more adventurous friends would spend the day ice climbing on Louise Falls (at minus-minus-minus whatever C, brrrr!), while pedestrian little me would cross country ski up the lake to the glacier head. Those were the days! Thanks for prompting that little moment of nostalgia!

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    1. Lake Louise is so beautiful I'd have skiied as well. Those ice cliffs are dangerous. Glad the post connected you with a happy memory. YES YES

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  7. Alison - yes Danaca is where I dragged Myrna! I wish you'd been visiting too. Think of the adventures we could have got up to!

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    1. LOL - we might need to plan that some time. A sleep over party.

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