30 August 2009
craft camp: report
Another craft weekend at Sewjourn has been and gone, the restorative effects fading away already.
This was possibly the most relaxed, low key craft weekend yet. People sat about in the mornings, knitting in their pjs while breakfast cooked, then we wandered into town to admire the blossom, visit the op shop (where I bought a red coat), visit the Beautiful New Shop in Town that sells exquisitries, and buy sensational bread and vegetables from the farmers' market. Then it was back to the cottage for morning tea and finally a stroll over to the studio to actually, um, make something. Back to the cottage for lunch, etc etc and so on.
I still managed to get a couple of things done however. I suppose staying in the studio until 1.00 am both nights facilitated that. Oops.
So, what did I make? I made two jackets using the same pattern, learning some valuable lessons from the first one and ensuring the second one worked perfectly. The first one will be fine once I add some trim to the exposed seams that the pattern didn't warn me about. I'm quite excited about it actually as the jacket is dark brown and the suggestion that I use velvet green ribbon as the contrast trim is just brilliant, thank you Cath. But it was disappointing all the same, not to bring it home as a finished object. (It's not pictured up there in the mosaic as the photos of it were terrible). Also unfinished were my chunky lace shawl, and a brown and white print dress/tunic/top (also not pictured above as I only took one shot and it was blurry - I'm sensing a theme here) but I did manage to almost finish both those items so that nearly counts.
The shawl is now finished and blocked, using my new welding rods as blocking wires. I had been considering purchasing very expensive blocking wires for my ongoing lace knitting obsession, but kept reading on Ravelry forums about using welding rods instead, they being cheaper and more readily available. So off I went to Lancefield Hardware and, following a rather hilarious exchange with the staff there (Steel or brass strength? Um, wool. Que?), managed to buy a set of my very own welding rods. I went with the copper weight in case you're interested. I can report too, that Kool Aid-dyed yarn will stain white welding rods. Consider yourselves warned.
I think I took three times as many photos this time than on previous weekends. It was lovely to have my new camera at Sewjourn and go about taking all the familiar photos that I always take when I'm there, only with a different camera. I had a great time zooming in and out, enjoying the satisfying click of an SLR shutter. Oh, and I found the focus ring, which I believe deserves a post of its own. Can't wait for that one, can you?
What else? I could go on about the wonderful company, the magnificent (as always) food, the relaxing and convivial atmosphere, but I've said it all before. Suffice to say I am reminded afresh of how lucky I am to be part of these weekends and call this group of women my friends. Mostly I'm glad that a place like Sewjourn was dreamt up. Go Jan!
Note: to see the photos individually, along with several not in the mosaic, click here).