Sunday, January 29, 2012

Pickled Yarn giveaway

 Today I'm launching my very first giveaway!


I have created the special Pickled Yarn hair clip pictured above just for the occasion. To be honest, it's my favourite and I don't want to let it go, but I figure that's even more reason to do it. This way one of you lovely readers will receive it as a wonderful gift and I will get the satisfaction of knowing that it is thoroughly loved.

To win this little treasure, visit Picked Yarn and then post a comment here that includes your favourite item in the store and your email address.

The contest starts today and closes next Sunday. I will announce the winner, who will be randomly selected, Monday, Feb. 6.

For additional entries, share this post with your friends on Facebook and Twitter. If you tweet about it, make sure to mention me @VeermanN.


Good luck and thanks for supporting Pickled Yarn!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Royally chili weekend

I know it's Wednesday and I'm only now writing about the weekend, but the last couple of days my passion for all-things-crocheted has been reignited, in turn, keeping me away from my computer and blog.
So before I get to what I'm crafting, let me tell you about my weekend.

Friday night was the 24th annual Chili Cook-Off in Jasper, which doesn't sound all that exciting, but oh. my. goodness. it was! Ian was asked to be one of four judges for the event, so he sat on stage and tasted all 18 of the chili concoctions. I, on the other hand, was tasked with taking photos of the event for work.
Now, this isn't just any chili cook-off, it's one people take really seriously, not only when it comes to cooking, but also when it comes to their costumes and table displays. So, of course, there are prizes for that as well.
For me, the winning booth was more exciting than the winning chili.
So, without further ado, here they are, the winners for the 2012 Chili Cook-off, the Jasper Dental Clinic, with their interpretation of last year's royal wedding between Kate Middleton and Prince William.

Is that not the best? I mean, as I've stated in an earlier post about Will and Kate visiting Yellowknife, I really have no connection to or interest in the royals, but the dental clinic clearly put a lot of time, thought and effort into their costumes and for that they definitely deserve the prize.

Now, although the royals took the top prize, I would be remiss not to mention the second and third prize teams. In second place was Whistler's Inn with their Smurf-inspired booth and in third was Wild Mountain for their wilderness cabin theme.

So that was our fun-filled Friday. Now, on to what I've been crafting.
A couple of days ago I FINALLY finished a scarf I started in September while I was stranded in Rankin Inlet. I would post a photo, but Ian's currently wearing it in Edmonton.
With that out of the way, I've decided it's time to attempt an infinity scarf. From what I've read online, it's pretty easy. You crochet as if you're making a regular scarf and then just attach the ends together when you've reached your desired width. I think I'm about halfway there. I'll post pictures of me wearing it when it's done. I've been thinking I'd like to start doing outfit posts anyway, so maybe that will be a good way to start.
I hope everyone's having a good week. Happy hump day.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

My teacher the musician

So yesterday I started researching a musician who's coming to Jasper next week. I was set to interview him in a couple of hours and figured I should see what he's all about. First, I hit YouTube to watch some of his videos. I was totally digging his tribal, reggae-inspired tunes, but felt like there was something familiar about him -- something more than the fact that he is looks and performs music much like that of Xavier Rudd.
After listening to four or five of his songs, I turned to Google to read some articles about him. Then, as I was reading one published in the Vancouver Sun, I realized why I knew him.

He was my social studies teacher in high school one year.

That's right, this multi-instrumentalist who tonight is opening for the Wailers (Bob Marly's former backing band), was once my teacher. (His name is Shane Philip, by the way.)
It was such a crazy coincidence.
When I called him at his home in Courtenay, B.C. (a couple hours away from my hometown of Gold River), I told him about our little connection. Now, of course, he didn't remember me, that was about 10 years ago and he was only at my school for about a year, but still it was an awesome surprise. Although, it did make him a little awkward at times. He even half joked at one point that he was concerned what I would write, saying I might call him out for being an awful teacher (which he wasn't).

Anyway, once I realized who he was, I posted on Facebook to share the crazy news with all of my high school friends and acquaintances and it turns out, I was a little slow on the uptake. A few of my friends have already seen him live numerous times. Apparently he's amazing.

So anyway, I'm super pumped to see him next weekend. Out of all the songs I heard on YouTube, my favourites are Island Soul and Perfect World. Check him out!