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This Saturday I paid a visit to Longarm of the North and was shocked at just how many ladies comfortably fit in that shop! I also found myself not sure where to start taking pictures because there was so much going on!
I found myself drawn to an absolutely beautiful partially finished project on the Longarm machine and met Jennifer Cave, who was returning for her first DIY time after taking the Longarm quilting workshop. Jennifer was quilting flamingos onto her masterpiece to create a lovely coach blanket!
I next visited the knitting table where Lesia Lucan was teaching her second knitting class at Longarm. Lesia has been knitting for many years and teaches medical terminology at Aurora College, you can tell teaching is her calling because when asked about herself she tells me that she has a lot of patience!
One of the ladies, Beth Nickel, was visiting our icey city all the way from PEI! Beth was in town to visit her daughter and commented to me that “These are the most expensive socks I have ever knit!” Beth is new to knitting socks but not at all new to knitting, when asked she told me “I can knit and pearl an afghan!”
One of the ladies in knitting class, Tina, also visits Longarm of the North for quilting, she started her quilt with Longarm’s partnered business: North of 60 Quilting; and came to Longarm to finish it in their workshop. Tina is another semi experienced knitter, but returning after class in Whitehorse in ’95.
There where three Jennifers in the room by the way, when I visited on this Saturday, so please excuse me if the name repetition gets confusing here.
The fourth knitting lady I spoke with was Jennifer, who has previously knitted with the Guild of Arts and Crafts but was coming to a Longarm of the North class for the first time. When asked about her experience, Jennifer told me that she has mastered leg warmers and was excited to be learning how to knit the heel.
Jennifer Andrews was working in the sewing machine / quilting wall corner, she was working on arranging her purple and white quilt squares on the quilt wall. Jennifer has also completed the Longarm workshop and has made many quilts, when I asked her how many she wasn’t even sure but guessed “at least 13-15!” Jennifer really shows me how relaxing of a place Longarm of the North is, when I asked her what she thought of this business she said “I love it here, I spend lots of time here, it is such a welcoming social environment- it’s amazing.”
And I have to agree with her. I remember meeting Marilyn last summer in the Win Your Space contest and hearing about her dream for Longarm of the North, I thought it was amazing and am blown away by how fast she has managed to achieve it! Everyone in the store was relaxing and laughing, and even when more people were added to the mix the space did not feel too small because it is such a tranquil space.
I finished my visit with the lady who made it all happen, Marilyn, and when asked her thoughts she told me she is so excited to have multiple classes running at once and glad that so many people are enjoying the space.
Article by Lily Geraghty