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post #41 of 208
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Anarkissed and Tricia, if you both are wishing to learn how to spin wool, and if you aren't able to contact the person on Main St., I'd be happy to teach you how to spin. I've been spinning for the past 15 years and have two spinning wheels that you could learn on. Pm me if you're interested.
Hello Ellaine. Thank you for your intriguing offer. I will be in touch. Need to figure out this new schedule with my ex for the kids and my school commitments.

Are you in PM as your profile says? I'm in North Burnaby for now.
post #42 of 208
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Well, Ellaine's offer is perhaps better but perhaps the person you're thinking of teaches at Birkeland Bros. Wool shop? I know they have spinning classes there. DD wanted to learn, but I pointed out that as we didn't knit, we had no use for the yarn. I did buy her a drop spindle kit at the PNE a couple of years ago, and she's mostly finished spinning the bit of wool that came with it. And now I do knit, but not wool! (itchy scritchy make my skin crawl!)
I was super sensitive when I was a kid but then I discovered that not all wool is created equally and can wear some ... usually very expensive one.

Interestingly enough, Carmen of melonheadknitwear told me that she is allergic to lanolin. Seems like we are always drawn to the forbidden or the not-so-good for us.

I have a drop spindle for the past three years. Hated it.
post #43 of 208
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I was super sensitive when I was a kid but then I discovered that not all wool is created equally and can wear some ... usually very expensive one.
Well, I've come across a few silk blends that are not too awful, but mundo expensive. Right now I'm working on a project with super-wash Merino, which my hands tolerate ok, but I can't imagine actually touching my skin anywhere else. S'ok though, it's going to be a "belly warmer" to wear over top of my pants and shirts. (Like a mini skirt turned into a belt...) I can't tolerate cashmere or angora against my skin either. Or having my hair down for long. And it's not allergy-related, it's just sensory. That's just how I'm programmed.
post #44 of 208
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Hello Ellaine. Thank you for your intriguing offer. I will be in touch. Need to figure out this new schedule with my ex for the kids and my school commitments.

Are you in PM as your profile says? I'm in North Burnaby for now.
Yes, I'm in Port Moody, Heritage Woods actually.

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I was super sensitive when I was a kid but then I discovered that not all wool is created equally and can wear some ... usually very expensive one.

Interestingly enough, Carmen of melonheadknitwear told me that she is allergic to lanolin. Seems like we are always drawn to the forbidden or the not-so-good for us.

I have a drop spindle for the past three years. Hated it.
When I first started down the fiber arts road I used acrylics and hated wool, partly because of the feel, but also the expense. Now after having done it for such a long time, I hate the feel of acrylics and LOVE wool. Is it possible that over time and through repeated exposures that one can become immune to the scratchiness?

On a separate note... I got a phone message today that someone wants me to teach a card weaving workshop! I've never done one before and haven't given a public presentation in over a decade, since I left school.

Does anyone have any tips for how to teach a hands-on crafts workshop? It'll be roughly 4 hours long, include handouts (photocopies), show woven examples (that I have yet to weave up), and I'll have to show the history, including books and sources. Any idea what to charge for something like this? Btw, it'll be in Bellingham so I'll have to cross the border for it. Its not till next year but I'll need all the time I can get to start the process.
post #45 of 208
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When I first started down the fiber arts road I used acrylics and hated wool, partly because of the feel, but also the expense. Now after having done it for such a long time, I hate the feel of acrylics and LOVE wool.
Not that I'm much for acrylics either... I think part of it is that I was always too hot as a child. Now that I'm always too cold, I'm finding it a challenge to find affordable, warm, non-scratchy clothing. Even jogging suit-type fleece wigs me out a bit. Now if only I could afford (and take care of) an all-silk wardrobe!
post #46 of 208
Hi there Vancouver Mamas,

Hope I'm not barging into your thread, given that I don't live in Vancouver, but I am visiting family for a week in December. I have a 7 and 9 year old (both boys) and am looking for suggestions for outings and activities. So far on my list of potential activities;
Stanley Park
Aquarium
Science center (kids are big into that kind of thing)
Granville island

Any other suggestions? What about day trips? Maybe Victoria, or Seattle, or possibly Saltspring island? What would be the best bet for our family, would you say?

Thanks!!!!!
ps if this thread is not the right place for this question, I'll post it elsewhere. Thanks!
post #47 of 208
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Hi there Vancouver Mamas,

Hope I'm not barging into your thread, given that I don't live in Vancouver, but I am visiting family for a week in December. I have a 7 and 9 year old (both boys) and am looking for suggestions for outings and activities. So far on my list of potential activities;
Stanley Park
Aquarium
Science center (kids are big into that kind of thing)
Granville island

Any other suggestions? What about day trips? Maybe Victoria, or Seattle, or possibly Saltspring island? What would be the best bet for our family, would you say?
Where are you coming from? I'd say that if you're only going to be in town for a week, I'd skip Victoria, Seattle and Saltspring just because it takes the better part of a day to get to those places. Those places are really only going to be worth going to if you have a couple of days to spend there. For example, Victoria is a 2hr ferry ride, Saltspring is a 3hr ferry ride and Seattle is a 2.5-3hr drive, not including border line-ups (easily an hour).

In town, I'd add Grouse Mountain to your list as there's always skiing and Christmas activities going on during that time of year.

I'm not sure what you mean by the "Science Center". There's the Planetarium as well as Science World, maybe thats the one you mean?
post #48 of 208
I second Grouse Mountain. They have all sorts of activities there for Christmas, including an outdoor skating pond (a big deal here on the West Coast!) and Santa's Workshop, real reindeer, etc. Plus if it's not cloudy the view is spectacular.

At Stanley Park they have the Christmas miniature train ride, which is very popular and lovely (the forest is all lit up).

If you want to take a ferry ride I would suggest Bowen Island as it's a short trip from Horseshoe Bay and easy to do on foot. There are many cute stores and cafes within walking distance of the ferry, and if it's not raining you might want to enjoy a walk along the beach then head for hot chocolate.
post #49 of 208
Thank you so much for the suggestions!!!

Yes, I meant Science World.

Am going to look into Grouse Mountain, the train ride in Stanley Park, and Bowen island.

The trip is coming together, I'm really looking forward to it!
post #50 of 208


hi mamas.. been awhile since i popped in and said Hi.....

so how you all doing. I'm expecting in late winter early spring ish with nubmer three.
Hope all of you are doing well
post #51 of 208
Daisymama - I don't know if it would interest you, but the Van Dusen Gardens Festival of Lights might be on when you're here, as well. The gardens are incredibly beautiful during the Festival - lit up with over 1,000,000 lights.
post #52 of 208

Looking for a Waldorf-style doll ...

Hi all ...
It's likely a long shot, but I'm wondering if anyone on here has a Waldorf-style doll they'd like to sell? Do you have one that your child didn't take to? One that has been set aside and would love a new home?
I'm hoping to give one to Esmé for Christmas, but just don't have the money for a new one. I had great ambitions to make one, but it doesn't look like I'll get my poop together to get that done.
PM me if we can arrange an adoption! Thanks, mamas!
post #53 of 208
daisymama12, Science World is mostly taken over by the Body Worlds exhibit right now -- non-members can't get in to science world at all without buying body worlds tickets. it is supposedly a great exhibit, if you think your kids would enjoy it, and there is still a little bit of science world open... have fun on your trip!

we actually have a home! with internet connection, FINALLY!! after days of riding my bike up the road to the clear spot so that I could get reception on my cell phone (with internet) I can actually talk on the phone and use the computer at MY OWN HOUSE!! I literally stood on the side of the road for about 2.5 hours one day getting power, phone, internet, etc all hooked up...the neighbors must think I'm a crazy tech junkie!

we didn't buy that house, we are renting a wonderful home (waaaay too nice for us ) on 5 acres (1 is yard/garden/grass/landscaped, 4 are forest, streams, etc) a little ways out of town, but still close to the border. Mark's commute is absolutely insane, so we are so relieved that we came to our senses and didn't buy a home here! we will stay here until we bring Marvin and Rose home, finalize their adoption (takes a few months) and then either move to Vancouver, or to California, if Mark can find a job there -- though we are really appreciating Vancouver, it's such a great city -- too bad it's so darn expensive!!! still hoping for a court date in late october/early november, but OF COURSE there are new issues with not enough judges in the capitol city, and a new push for childrens' cases to be heard in their home jurisdiction -- which would be fine with us, but our capital city-based lawyer won't appreciate the 5-7 hour trip to our kids home jurisdiction, and who knows how the judges there feel about international adoption...I will literally fall to my knees and kiss the ground once we have these kids home!!!!

life is still nuts, trying to settle in here, though we are all SO ENJOYING having our own space! the kids found the dress up clothes box last night, and have been loving it!! so funny to see them squeezing themselves into the same dress up clothes we've had since they were tiny! we have this one little robe that a friend brought back from Thailand for lucy when she was about 14 months old, and dexter was wearing it last night as a tiny little jacket.

we were rushing around all weekend, trying to buy a car, washer and dryer, etc. having this trip to Ug***a coming up, we weren't wanting to put any large chunks of money into anything, and were hoping to finance these major purchases. BUT, we can't get credit here AT ALL, since we have no US Credit rating, so we're buying things as cheaply as we can -- bought a rather gross washer and dryer last night (because we already had the uhaul to bring it home with) but spent some time scrubbing them and they'll be fine, as long as they get the clothes clean. we tried to go buy a used minivan at a dealership... nope. if we buy a NEW minivan, then they can look at our canadian credit rating, and we'd be able to do it, but I'm just NOT spending 30,000 on a car!! checking out a '96 Chrysler Town & Country that we found on craigslist, hoping it's decent, because it's in our price range! REALLY hoping that Mark's work will let him take his paid vacation early to go get the kids (they are being wonderful about him potentially needing time off so soon after starting, so maybe they'll waive the 90-day wait for paid time off?) and REALLY hoping they will give us the same adoption bonus that their parent company gives. THAT would reduce ALL of our stress, immediately! Mark is also going to ask about working 4 days a week instead of 5, and spending one night in Vancouver -- the commute is that awful, especially after the 4 minute drive/15 minute walk he had in wellington!

so that's us! whoosh, I guess I needed to hash that all out, sorry!

guess I better get back to unpacking and cleaning up and feeding us and finding where everything goes... just wanting to crawl in bed with my book! sigh...
post #54 of 208
starling, we did have a big Waldorf doll but I think that it's gone now (searched the house for it!). That one was not well-used and would have been perfect, drat! Dd has a smaller one with a triangular shaped body - red gingham. However, it is fairly extensively beaten up (erm, well-loved?), so I don't know if I'd feel proud to give it to you. Let me know if you're really stuck! I asked dd and she said that would be ok.
post #55 of 208
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starling, we did have a big Waldorf doll but I think that it's gone now (searched the house for it!). That one was not well-used and would have been perfect, drat! Dd has a smaller one with a triangular shaped body - red gingham. However, it is fairly extensively beaten up (erm, well-loved?), so I don't know if I'd feel proud to give it to you. Let me know if you're really stuck! I asked dd and she said that would be ok.
That's so sweet of you! Thanks.

I'm not sure that I know which kind you're referring to ... is it more of the 'lovey' kind? If so, we do have one of those, but the offer is very much appreciated. We're looking for one that Esmé can put in her sling and put diapers on and such. Especially because we're starting the process for a second baby (IVF with frozen embryos) so want to encourage her already nurturing nature should we be blessed with a sibling for her.
Thanks again! And let me know if yours is diaperable ... is that even a word?
post #56 of 208
Too bad - the other one (I'll look one last time!) is diaperable, but the red gingham one is more lovey style.

Oh, and congrats on the decision to try for a second one!
post #57 of 208
I'm excited about coming home in a few days. I'm wondering if anyone would like to connect? Also, where do I find an AP group in Vancouver? I need to be around supportive, loving, gentle mamas fills my soul with great joy. I will be staying in Burnaby.
post #58 of 208
juju_mom how old is your kiddo now?
We are in East Van near Boundary.


Dawn
post #59 of 208

new to group

Hi Everyone,
I just joined the group. We live in Burnaby and home school our our two kids dd('99) and ds('02). I used to read mothering magazine when my kids were little but never thought to look into an on-line community of like minded people. So it's good to be here.
Jennifer
post #60 of 208
My daughter is 2.5. She is not an "average" toddler. She interacts and plays with 4 year olds up and up. I'll be staying close to Central Park Maybe we could plan to get together.
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