Sunday, November 20, 2011

Moving to Vancouver Island ~ A Big Change

We put our house on the market in the spring and despite plenty of viewings, our market was flat. So, we did what all sensible people do - we went on vacation! Our month in France was wonderful and you'll be happy to know that I won't bore you with my travel photos.

After our return we accepted the fact that our house would be ours throughout the winter, so we decided to pull out our pellet stove and put in a fabulous top of the line gas fireplace. Now things get interesting.....

On the last day of our listing November 3 - we got a request for a viewing. My immediate answer was to say no since we were in mid demo mode, but saner minds prevailed and I agreed to spit polish the house one final time. On November 4 the new fireplace was installed at the same time we were negotiating the offer for our house!

So now we trade this Okanagan beauty
For this Island dream
In the course of one week we got the offer, traveled to Vancouver Island and bought a brand new head is still spinning. We did this so fast that I couldn't remember what colour the house was painted! We move on December 14 and it feels like everything is happening so fast! So it will be Christmas in the small city of Comox which is about 1/2 way up Vancouver Island and about 3 hours drive from my best friend Susan in Duncan.
I thought I'd show you a couple of photos of our booth at the South Okanagan Slow Fibre Festival. I really think the booth looked great and the sale was a success for us.
We really had a wonderful space and the colour blocking we did with the scarves really increased their impact.
Just before the house offer came through I decided that I wanted to put a warp on the loom for a couple of table squares. I wanted to work on a fine piece and I was looking for a challenge. The warp is long enough for two table squares and it is only 2-1/2 yards long!
I decided to use white 4/24 mercerized cotton for the warp and 1/14 linen for the weft on the first table square. The square is 21-1/2" wide in the reed and the finished fabric should be 20" x 20". The sett is 40 epi and I needed 857 heddles for the pattern and border. I only have 100 heddles on each of my shafts and adding heddles is a pain, so I traded looms with Ngaire as she has 150 heddles per shaft. So now I'm working with very fine fiddly yarn and on a loom that although is the same make and model as my beloved Lily Louet - it's different!

The piece is bordered and so it has unique corners. The pink line is just a hem marker that will be removed later.
This is the bottom border repeat for the reversible hem I intend to do.

The photo above is the first glimpse of the pattern developing. I really like the large sunburst motif. I think that mixing a modern motif with traditional technique and materials can be very exciting. Now I'm in huge rush to finish both pieces so we can dismantle the looms! Such an exciting time for us!


Susan said...

Wow, that's a full post!

First of all, congratulations on the sale AND purchase of your homes!
I can hardly wait to have you sharing this beautiful island with us. Granted its a very large island.... and three hours is way closer than the 5-6 hours now and no ferry either.

It was great to see you during your whirl wind trip! Its been hard keeping my lips zipped. :)

Your booth looked amazing during the Slow Fibre sale. You two do amazing work!

I like the table square and looking forward to seeing it in person, and that could be as soon as 3 1/2 weeks! Granted it will be in a box somewhere....

Exciting times huh?

Hugs, Susan

dorothylochmaben said...

All the very best with the move ! The new house looks very nice indeed. Hope you will have room for a studio in there !

Anonymous said...

I can sympathize on the quick sale and moving during the holiday season because I am living the exact same life right now.

The booth you and Susan shared is great, so many great hand wovens! Enjoy your new home.

R. Delight said...

Wow! Congratulations! Take time in all the hustle and bustle of moving to breathe!

ladyoftheloom said...

Congratulation on your selling and buying and Slow Fibre sale! I love to watch your project progress also. Here is to an easy move and wonderful new home.


Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the sale and the buy! In my opinion, sudden moves are the only way to go. I moved in 6 weeks last year from the day I went bopping around looking. In that time we painted the old house and had major repairs done to it too.
Here's best wishes to you- enjoy your new place.

bspinner said...

How exciting. Congratulations!!!! I'm looking forward to pictures of the interior.