- A power bill from NS Power
- A Canada Revenue GST statement
- A full business bank statement
- A full credit card bill
- My company accounts published by my accountant
- Proof of GST payments to Revenue Canada
- A paid invoice from a supplier
- A selection of documents from my lawyer relating to the incorporation of my business, including the company details and the signed pages.
- Later on in the process, having checked with my lawyer that there was no other form of document that could be considered to be ‘Articles of Incorporation’, all 35 pages of my company book. This contains not fewer than 7 repetitions of the business address. (The subsequent PayPal response was that they needed confirmation of the business address.)
- A printout of — and an active public link to — the Provincial Government Registry of Joint Stocks NS, documenting my incorporated business since 2002.
The PayPal Saga: Supporting Small Business? June 13, 2019
Earlybird Enrolment Ends Tomorrow! April 25, 2019
I’m so pleased to be joining all of the creators who will be showcasing their talents with the KnitStars team in November! I’ll be joining designers like Susan B Anderson, Marly Bird, Caitlin Hunter and many more! (Check my affiliate link for details)
You’ll be taken behind the scenes to the Stars’ own private studios, workspaces and farms, to learn what inspires their designs and drives their passion. Then you’ll learn from them in a series of 10 step-by-step workshops that will take your knitting and crochet to the next level. And the best part? You own them, so you can learn at your own pace – pausing, rewinding and fast-forwarding as needed until you really lock in the learning! So it’s ideal for all levels.
I’ll be sharing my favourite addiction, two-colour double knitting, from my studio on Big Tancook Island. I have so much to show you, from cast-on to cast-off, all while giving you a special sneak peek at my colourful home and wonderful Island community.
Now the bad news: When the earlybird pricing (a 15% discount) ends tomorrow, you will no longer be able to reserve your spot until October. Click on my special affiliate link to join us now and you’ll be part of the fun and learning all of November.
I’m looking forward to seeing you there!
Exciting Adventures Ahead April 18, 2019
For a quiet year away from the gallivanting routine that has been my life for the last 20 or more years, this year is shaping up BUSY again… somehow I still feel there are not enough hours in a day!
Two unexpected mini camps have been organized on Big Tancook Island (sorry, both are already full), I’ll be Adventure Knitting with Judy and others in the North West Territories in July, teaching in Edmonton for River City Yarns in July and teaching at Knit East in New Brunswick in October. Whew!
And, as of today, I can finally announce ONE more exciting teaching gig:
I’ve been chosen to teach in KnitStars for Season 4.0!
KnitStars select 10 amazing thought leaders from the knitting firmament and film them in their respective working environments hosting a series of classes.
I’d love for you to join me and the other fabulous instructors for this exciting on-line global learning event beginning in November! This year’s lineup features craftspeople from Peru to Oregon to Nova Scotia and points in between. You’ll have the chance to join me on Tancook Island without even taking the ferry!
The online style of the conference makes it possible for anyone around the world to join the fun.
Click my affiliate link to see who’s teaching what!
During my multi-part workshop, I’ll be demonstrating my favourite technique, double-knitting, from my favourite island, Big Tancook, what fun! I’ll introduce you to my lovely home away from home, with sneak peeks at some of my Tancook friends and my little cottage workspace – all while teaching you my take on double knitting techniques in step-by-step workshop lessons.
Early bird discounted registration is open as of TODAY and closes at the end of the day on April 26!
If you purchase KnitStars 4.0 using my Knit Stars Affiliate Link, I will earn a commission – at no additional cost to you. Once purchased, all of the KnitStars 4.0 workshops are yours to be viewed at your own pace as many times as you wish.
Wishing you all the very KnitStarry-est of Stitches,
#AlpacaMyBag April 17, 2019
Stay tuned for my Big Announcement tomorrow, I can’t wait to share it!
Narrowboat Adventures 2018: A Fond Farewell July 22, 2018
It’s over. We have departed from Ali’s Dream.
We made our way super, extra, very slowly the last 1/4 day, stretching it out as long as possible. We meandered back to Swanley BridgeMarina, to allow time for a last canal coffee, and to savour the last 5 locks.
In total, we completed 939 miles and 874 locks in 81 days (not to mention several bottles of Baileys – the essential ingredient in our canal coffee).
We filled Ali up with fuel, did a few pirouettes and backed her into a very slender berth. Then followed 24 hours of washing, polishing and sorting. I achieved my Fitbit goal and then some just on dashing to and fro between the boat and the marina laundry!
Jackie-the-Boat-owner made a few queries about us being happy to get back to a flush toilet and ample water flow but, honestly, a washing line and good Internet connection were all I’d missed.
Our last was another stunningly beautiful morning but, strangely, between locking the boat and reaching our hire car, there were raindrops. Actual rain drops. This turned into a light shower, requiring windscreen wipers and creating modest puddles. Not enough to break the drought, but it did help to make our departure easier.
Thanks for reading and joining in John’s and my summer adventure. And now I’m signing off from the cut…
I’ve started putting out feelers for next year’s boat.
This week’s sale pattern:
The versatile, multi-size Lighthouse Bag is another fun summer project! It is worked in the round in a spiraling lacy pattern that gradually decreases as it winds its way up the bag to finish in a short-row Spider strap.
This quick project requires very little finishing and can be felted to make it resistant to stretching.
The Lighthouse Bag pattern is half-price ($3.75CAD) until July 26,
We took a little side trip along the Middlewich Branch the other day. This east-west canal usually connects two major north south canals, the Shropshire Union and the Trent and Mersey. Months ago, there was a major breach near Middlewich, draining the canal. It’s going to take a lot of time and funds to fix it and is causing a lot of problems to boaters, the businesses situated on the canal, and hire boat companies who promote the Four Counties and Cheshire cruising rings.
You can go along the canal as far as the temporary dams. You can only get to the the last winding hole before the problem, unless you like going in reverse. So that is what we did! We met up with some friends at an excellent pub walking distance from the canal. The canal was noticeably lifeless. Apart from regularly moored boats, there were just a couple of visiting boats in the whole length that we traveled. The water, not moving much now, had become distinctly scummy and the two marinas, normally bustling, were ominously quiet.
We then returned back to the mainline Shropshire Union and continued on up towards Chester. Here we devised a plan to get John’s mum to the boat so she could spend a day with us. Deciding that a tour of all the locks in Chester would be ideal, we cruised through the 8 locks. These are big and heavy and it was hot work. After going down the 3 step staircase lock, we turned around and went up again, returning back to where the hire car had been left. We had time for a drink at the pub, dinner on the boat, and then John took his mum back home!
Yesterday marked Day 70 on Ali’s Dream. We had an early start, completing 25 locks before lunch. The flight was fairly busy and we had a good number of locks. This was very easy, as an uphill boat would exit the lock as we left each downhill one. Going downhill in narrow locks, after entering and stopping the boat, the helm can close the back gate and wind up one of the two paddles, and then hop back on the boat before it gets too low. The half-width gates can be opened, first the towpath side, then hop across the lock and open the far side, boat exits, whilst the far side paddle is lowered, far side gate closed, hop back and repeat and on to the next one. It appears that some 700 locks have honed us into a slick team!
Things are starting to wind down. We are beginning to whittle down our supplies. However, the cans of soup purchased for a quick warm lunch on a cold day, will remain in the cupboards for Ali’s next journey.
This week’s half-price pattern:
Socks are a fun, portable project!
Lucy’s charming bead-topped Double Diamond Socks feature a choice of two different diamond patterns. The Diamond Lace gives a traditional lacy effect, while the Waffle pattern gives a denser, more textured look. A lovely treat for your feet!
The Double Diamond Socks pattern is half-price ($4.50CAD) until July 19,