Hello! How are you doing? I'm feeling good, but it was good timing to have a break from highly structured activities this morning. So classes went all day yesterday, but today there are only classes in the afternoon. (They'll be continued tomorrow morning.) So although we still had to get to breakfast on time, we didn't have to be worried about being ready with supplies, etc.
Everyone's been talking about the weather. Although Wednesday and Thursday were pretty nice, it was obvious something was moving in. It rained Thursday night and threatened to continue to rain all Friday (which it pretty much did). So much for renting a canoe for the morning! It also got a lot colder over the day. So I started like this:
|Day 3's outfit includes the Zig Zag skirt and|
Spring Sprout socks.
(My shirt says "I'll Grow on You.")
|Added for warmth, the Mariah hoodie and|
Bias Asymmetric Scarf.
|The teacher, Christine Mauersberger, demonstrating|
how to fold a Blizzard Book.
Here's the story behind the book:
The Blizzard Book is made of one sheet of paper which is folded in such a way that it creates multiple pages, each of which have a pocket. According to Hedi Kyle, back in the mid-nineties snow began falling in Philadelphia one January morning. Soon, everyone on the east coast was staying home as the predictions for a major storm came true. This, the Blizzard of 1996, became a perfect day for Hedi to work in her studio. As the hours passed snow accumulated outside of her studio while folds accumulated inside. Towards the end of the day it occurred to her to manipulate some folds a certain way. This resulted in the creation of a structure which more or less bound itself. Months later when Hedi heard talk of "Blizzard Babies" conceived during the storm, she began to think of her own creation on this day as the Blizzard Book.Doesn't that sound like a great project!? The one that we made was sized to fit business or credit cards.
|Project in process|
|There were no tables set up (they didn't need them for|
the crochet class that was planned) so we pulled out
some benches to use.
|Those are my own business cards inserted. I happened|
to have some on me so I could try the book out right away.
After lunch, I had to find my way to the opposite end of camp. It was through the woods and along the lake and up the hill, but then I found the "classroom":
There were only six of us in the class (compared to 10 in the previous class) and I thought it was a good size. John [Mullarkey, the teacher] started with some lecture about what we were going to do and alternated lecture and hands-on portions throughout the class. It was really good, although I have to admit by the end of the first lecture, I was really ready to get my hands moving!
We started by threading the tensioner. We worked in pairs so that while one beginning weaver managed the cards and wrapping the threads, their partner could manage all the threads coming off of four cones simultaneously. My partner? Casey, rock-star coder of Ravelry. I, of course, had to mention the only other Casey I knew (the puppet from Mr. Dressup), but of course he had heard of him before. Then it was enough talk and time to get busy.
|See how one strand is looped around an extra peg?|
That's not how it's supposed to be... :/
But we got that all sorted out and "finally" got to some weaving. By the end of class, I had some practice stripes and the start of the alphabet.
Once I took off the first sample, I restrung the cards so I would ready for class the next day:
|A little bog with the lake in the background. This scene|
caught my eye every time I walked by as I went to and from
the dining room.
|Part of the Squam garden. Pompom alliums and a|
little mouse popping up to say Hi!