There are many options out there on the internet for weavers to enjoy each other's company, their latest projects and share helpful advice on social media. One is Ravelry which was originally set up primarily for knitters and crocheters and somehow weavers carved out a little niche on the web site. There are many groups of weavers gathered by area or region, associated by a particular yarn store or fan of a weave structure. Some are groups set up by and for a weavers guild from varying locations around the world. Its quite amazing what you will find when you do a search! Then there are the projects which you can isolate either by 'friend' status or simply by category of 'weaving'. Pure eye candy!
Then there are the people!
I have 'met' and made friends with so many either by my blog or by also interacting with them at Ravelry. I reckon I could travel across Canada or the USA simply going from weaver to weaver..... and also include the UK, Scotland, Denmark, NZ and Australia. Though, I might start with Hawaii first :)
Through this blog, I get nice emails from many people all over and sometimes even pictures of their latest project. Its all a wonderful connectedness that simply would not have happened if not for the Internet. I love it!
I met Wayne, or rather, Padre Wayne in the group "Warped Weavers" at Ravelry. Wayne is an enthusiastic weaver who is also an Episcopalian Minister in a small community in Michigan. We have exchanged messages and occasionally Skyped. He would complain about the snow and cold in Michigan ......and I tell him all about the annual flower count in Victoria in February.
So when I heard that Wayne and his partner Harry would be coming out to the west coast on a sabbatical I hoped my surgery would not conflict with it. They were staying at a place near Port Townsend and planned to take the ferry to Victoria, then drive north to our place in the North Cowichan Valley. Home to the world famous hand knit Cowichan Sweater
They arrived last Monday and after lunch we had a tour of the studio and Bruce's train room. We then drove to a place a bit south of Duncan called Whippletree Junction. Its a collection of funky little shops. We visited a yarn store called "The Loom". Now you could be forgiven for thinking its all about weaving, but it isn't. Maybe one day in the past it was but it now features yarns mainly for knitting, with some spinning fibre, and a few cones of yarns. Wayne is making unique scarves on his rigid heddle loom and so bought some lovely colour ways to make some more while they are vacationing. I was a good girl and resisted temptation.
Leola had a double building that are interconnected inside. There are teapots in the garden out front.
We had supper at a restaurant called The Rock Cod Cafe down at the shores of Cowichan Bay. Specialty? seafood of course and the majority of it is local. We had a view of the marina with its sailboats, power boats and floating homes. The local Dragon boat racers were out on the bay practising and it was a beautifully calm evening for it. Across the bay is Mount Tuam on Saltspring Island. After dinner we took a pleasant stroll on the pier at the Maritime Museum. The marina is getting ready for the wooden boat festival in Maple Bay near where I live. The boats are looking grand. With it being Canada Day the next day, there were flags flying everywhere!
The next morning Bruce made a wonderful omelet breakfast and then we headed to the studio. I set up my spinning wheel for Harry to play with. He was taught to spin by Judith MacKenzie no less!
Wayne and I each took a loom and we all started to play! Bruce took pictures of us. The morning light filled the room and so they turned out great!
Wayne weaving on the Woolhouse
Harry testing the ratios on the Rose
...and me on the Louet Spring
Wayne and Harry also brought a little heat wave along with them and so it was quite warm. We had been unseasonably cool until then so it was an adjustment to make in a hurry!
All during the time Wayne and Harry were with us, Harry was folding Japanese origami paper cranes. (The link is to a video how to guide) A friend had asked them to visit a memorial tree planted for a lost loved one in Oak Bay, Victoria and so Harry had a plan. He was folding cranes every chance he got and soon had a box full of them. A quick use of my hole punch and Wayne had a cone of bamboo yarn to hand.
After we said our good byes and they headed south to Victoria where they did locate the special tree. They later sent us this picture:
There must have been some curious people in Victoria when they found these cranes hanging in the tree later! While Wayne and Harry are heading back to Michigan and home later this week, I somehow suspect they have fallen in love with the west coast of either country.... and we haven't seen the last of them!