Go North, Young Woman!
Three places on my mind: Canada, Alaska, and Vermont!
I’m here in Alberta teaching at Olds College Fibre Week and having a great time.
I love being in a new place and teaching (it’s the getting there part I hate), and I always have a wonderful time and come home inspired and excited. That’s why I created my Arctic Lace Luxury Yarn Club. Because I can’t be on on the road all the time, and many of you can’t come with me. I wanted to be able to share more than I do in my books, so you can have the experience of what it’s like to be in a group of knitters, working together, enjoying each other’s company in the classes, and visiting new places together, even if it’s vicariously from the comfort of your own living room.
Although I get to travel a lot, I still spend quite a bit of time exploring new places, as well as places I haven’t been able to visit yet and my never get to visit, on my computer and through books, videos, photos, and knitting. It’s a challenge gathering all of the information about a new place, even with all the accessible sources on the internet. In everything I have coming out in the future, that’s what I’ll be doing for you: gathering stories, pictures, techniques, patterns, and yarns (sometimes as part of a kit or club and sometimes just suggestions for you to order separately if you’re interested).
My club is the first of it’s kind, as far as I know. I hope you’re considering coming on board. I understand if you don’t have the time or money to participate now, as this is not a low cost club due to the fact that one key feature is exploring luxury yarns, some of which cost well over $100 an ounce. It’s a once in a life time opportunity, as I have no plans to repeat the same club destination in the future, and I am also not planning to have a regularly scheduled annual club.So there you have it.
And back to Canada, I’ve been teaching on the beautiful Olds College campus, which features a central bottanic garden. So getting from my little apartment to the classrooms is, literally, a walk in the park. Most of the classes here are about wool, spinning, and felting. It’s making me wish I had a day off to take classes, and even considering coming back another year as a student instead of a teacher. I’m definitely feeling the need to spread my wings in an artistic manner that has nothing to do with work. I love my work–knitting, teaching, writing, travel– but I love making things and I want to take time to make things that are not necessarily intended for publication. I’ve been toying with ideas about quilting, felting, and beading, and maybe combing all three. Being at Fibre Week is inspiring to continue thinking in that direction.
Which brings me to Vermont and the new/old house we are buying, where I’ll have room for a shop/classroom and a big studio. Just thinking about living in a house built in 1877 in the middle of farm fields, and in my favorite state, makes me happy and relaxed. I love that in New England and Atlantic Canada craft has such a rich history and tradition. I am looking forward to diving in an exploring those aspects of the craft and art of fibre, as well as meeting the artists and artisans who live in that part of the world. I’ve never lived in Vermont before, but in a way I feel like I am going home.