Knitting in Montana

May 27, 2010

This past weekend was a holiday weekend in Canada, where we celebrate not only Queen Victoria’s birthday, but the current Queen’s as well.  And I say, if it means an extra day off, Happy Birthday to them!!  Around six months ago I had signed up to take classes with Nancy Bush down in Montana, at a cute little fishing camp south of Kalispell, which is about six hours drive from Calgary.  I had signed up for an Estonian colourwork class on Friday, and a twisted stitches class on Sunday.  I had already taken the lace class she offered on Saturday.  I had to make the hard decision that asking for the first friday off at my new job was not a good idea, and instead just go down for the Sunday class.  Mr. J came with me and went on some bike rides.  We camped even though it was a bit chilly.  We’re Canadian, we can handle the cold!  Plus we’re cheap and we saved money.

We arrived pretty late on Friday after avoiding the various deer and large horses on the road, and curled up in our snug tent.  First thing Saturday morning we wandered over to meet the owner of Camp Tuffit.  Now this does sound funny and a coincidence, but honestly it wasn’t.  Within 5 minutes we were talking about water treatment, and he was taking us over to see his water plant.  I usually ask if the water in the washrooms is potable at a rusticy place like this, because sometimes it isn’t.  I usually ask further questions because sometimes “potable’ is lake water with some chlorine thrown in.  I have sold a few water treatment systems by taking this “potable” water, filtering it for an hour, and showing the people drinking the water what was removed.  It normally looks a lot like thick mud.  His system was having problems, and it reinforces my theory that this type of system isn’t the best idea.  He has a multi-media filter which is a fibreglass tank filled with gravel, sand, carbon/anthracite/ and sometimes garnet.  This is a good “rough” filter and removes particles above 10-15 micron (move the decimal point six times to the right of a meter).  He then had a 5 micron filter, and a 1 micron absolute filter, which kept getting plugged up.  Here is the problem: with lake water like this, most of the particles are under 5 micron and go right onto the 1 micron absolute filter, and it plugs up quickly.  He is on the right track, he is taking out the 5 micron filter and replacing it with a 1 micron nominal filter.  Perhaps on another blog post we’ll chat about the different between nominal and absolute filters, because it is SOOO interesting.  Long story short, as he had the 1 micron ab filters out, with just the 5 micron filter, I didn’t drink the water.  Crytosporidium is 3-5 micron and can resist chlorine, and I didn’t feel like getting sick! 

Oh, but this was about knitting!  On Sunday we learned how to make twisted stitches.  Now I need to start a project to practice them.  During the class I made a finger cosy, which cracked Mr. J up to no end.  As always taking a class with Nancy Bush is not only fun, but you learn so much as well.  Our hosts from Camas Creek Yarn in Kalispell were adorable, and their store was just about as perfect as a LYS as you could get, very well rounded.  We did stop on our way home, but I was so good, all I got was some leather moccasin bottoms.


One Response to “Knitting in Montana”

  1. Cheryl S. said

    Finger cosy. Right.

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