Exciting 2019 news!

With the start of a new year, I have taken an adventurous leap off the Yarn Cove wharf and I have launched a Yarn Cove Facebook page.  

Now that Yarn Cove has some fabulous product photos, I asked some fellow crafters for some tips and advice, and I decided this was the right time to set it up.

This may seem less like a momentous occasion to you, and more of a “Oh cool. I’ll check that out” thing. But to me, it’s been slightly terrifying.

What if my page doesn’t get any likes? What if it does? What if people start ordering items? What if they don’t? Will I be able to keep up?

I decided to live on the edge, and put the Yarn Cove Facebook page out into the world.

The page went live a few days ago and thus far, nothing catastrophic has happened.

Yarn Cove on Facebook has a reasonable number of likes, some nice compliments, and I am already working on a couple of commissioned pieces.

The universe is continuing to function as usual, except now I am taking knitting requests.

So (deep breath) – check out Yarn Cove on Facebook and let me know what you think!

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Fashion Shoot

Here at Yarn Cove, I have been so occupied with the knitting that I have just realized that I’m long overdue in getting some proper photos taken of my knitted goods.

I turned to  Ally Wragg, a young, award winning photographer, who happens to be my daughter Ella’s good friend. They brought along their friend Owen.

With me there as knitwear supplier and adjuster of cuffs, hats, etc – the four of us set out to a scenic part of Yarn Cove to take some product photos.

Here is the Republic hat….

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…And some mittens. I have used the Signal Hill Pattern, from Saltwater Mittens by Shirley A. Scott and Christine LeGrow.  (Boulder Publications)

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Trigger Mitts. Pattern by Shirley A. Scott and Christine LeGrow.

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Wreckhouse Wristers. Pattern by Andrea Babb.

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Socks!

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Vamps!

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I’m also posting these photos on the Shop Yarn Cove page.

Thanks, Ally, Ella and Owen!

Summer knitting

Summer in Yarn Cove this year has been especially warm and sunny. It would be a shame to be tied to a computer screen, so I have let the blogging slide.  

The knitting, however, is an all-weather activity.  

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In July, I was invited to take part in an experimental electronic music/knitting/performance art piece as part of Sound Symposium XIX, an international sound and music festival that happens here every second year.

One of the visiting groups, Rokkur, combines the tools of knitting with electronics to create sounds while knitting and engaging in other woolly activities. I was put in touch with Sarah Albu, one of the members of Rokkur, nearly a year ago. Sarah asked me to wind up a posse of knitters who might be into doing a performance piece.

No problem. St. John’s is the kind of town where random acts of art happen.

Sarah was initially concerned that the knitters might be too shy to perform. Rokkur had encountered that in other cultures and countries.

No problem, I assured her. People in St. John’s are all about random acts of art.

In the end, there were four of us knitters, Sarah, and Reuben the improvisational clarinetist. (What would knitting performance art be without improvisational clarinet?)

We did a half-hour set at a Sound Symposium evening concert at the LSPU Hall.

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Apparently we were a hit.

Annie Corcoran, Sarah Gordon, and the kind people at The Overcast express it more eloquently than I ever could.

In August, attached to my working life, I was invited to take part in the Winterset in Summer Literary Festival in Eastport.

It’s a gathering of writers, musicians, and people interested in such things in a lovely part of rural Newfoundland. I took a bagful of my completed knitting projects, just in case some of them might like a handmade souvenir.

The festival’s HQ is The Beaches Arts and Heritage Centre, a lovely performance and community space at Eastport.

I mentioned to Glendene at the Centre’s office, that I had a few pieces of knitting with me.

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Show me what you’ve got – says Glendene.

The next thing I know, Glendene is digging through my bag of socks, hats and trigger mitts, and she took the whole works on consignment.

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So now there’s a pile of Yarn Cove products for sale at the Beaches gift shop.

I am beyond excited, and I’m curious to see what sells.

It’s also great motivation for me to keep knitting – and get back at the blogging.