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Sunday Funday: Walks, Beer, Bread Pudding and (of course) YARN.

It's May.

I survived May the Fourth with First Fridays at the Exchange and Cinco de Mayo!

Spring finally decided it was time to show up. It's been pretty dry and everything is pretty dusty from winter. I see lots of folks outside on the weekends, getting yards cleaned up with their families hoping for rain.

I decided to finally put in rain barrels on Earth Day a couple of weekends ago. There are some really great tutorials on YouTube demonstrating how to modify 55 gallon food grade barrels into rain barrels. With a few trips to Rona jimmy-rigging some fittings, I made 2 because I never go small. 

Of course, now that I put them up, it hasn't rained here since. 

In an effort to slough off some winter weight and feel more energized, I've started walking. There's a terrific trail in St. James that just goes on for miles. Also, not far from this trail is a few tap rooms along the way. So, today I coerced a friend into joining me for a happy little jaunt to Half Pints for a Lemon Zinger (shandy) nooner. As I really had zero interest in listening to my head, I followed my stomach over to La Belle Baguette a few blocks away on Ness. I ordered a bread pudding and a chocolate eclair for the friend I roped into on this particular excursion and a loaf of sour dough rye. I DID wait until I made it back home to eat the pudding. 

 

It was delicious. I swear.

Onto more important things: Yarn

I have been brewing up some fun the last while and trying my hand at some self-striping. 

 

This lil' guy was a fun experiment and I may have pulled a hamstring in an effort to turn this experiment into exercise. *Don't ask, I feel kinda stupid about it.* I want to make a few more colourways before making actual listings and get a better system of creating these wonders before making them available for sale.

News for the Month:

Proutopia and Manitoba Fibre Festival

I've been asked by The Manitoba Fibre Festival to be their representative at Heidi Hunter's of Runs with Scissors creative gathering Proutopia near Winnipeg Beach for June 9-10. I'll be there on the 9th with some goodies and loads of info about the Manitoba Fibre Festival, so be sure to stop by our tent and say hello! I'll have more info closer to the date.

I will be having another Pop Up Shop at my house on: 
*May 26, 2018 10am-4pm*

Mark your calendars! I'm going to try to have some self-striping available by then and there's loads of my regular stuff too! 

Lookit this repurposed wine rack I found on kijiji. It's like it was meant to be!

I am starting sign-ups for an outdoor, yarn dyeing workshop!  

When: Sunday, June 24, 2018 
Time: 1pm-4pm
Includes:
- 2 skeins of Meri Jane (100% merino fingering weight) 
- dye and pots
Price: $80 + gst

You will need to bring appropriate attire for the weather* and possibly a large, clean pickle jar for solar dyeing if you are interested!  Let's have fun with string!
*rain date will be June 30, 1-4pm.

This work-shop is limited to 5 students! So sign-up fast! Contact me at hilorithompson@gmail.com to enroll


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