Seriously?! Snow in March?! I don't think I've seen this much snow here since one winter in '99 or so, and that was the most snow I'd ever since in my lifetime here BC. This reoccurring snowfall over multiple months, and into March(!!), is just bazaar.
Anyways, I thought I'd pop in and share a bit of the March newsletter (below), since a monthly newsletter is new for us and you might not know what you're missing. Sign up for upcoming newsletters which includes my pick of the upcoming workshops in town, a rundown of what we're aware of events-wise for the next month or so, our featured Instagram and Pintrest posts, and a classifieds section.
March 1st, 2017,
After 10 months of small town living I'm finally settling into it. Hilariously, without even seeing the connection, this fall I decided to cozy up and begin binge-watching Gilmour Girls for the first time (I wanted to catch up and watch the new season along with everyone else). Turns out Stars Hollow is not unlike my own small town, so watching the hilarity ensue on Gilmour Girls definitely helped me navigate and appreciate life in the boonies of the Sunshine Coast. So far my favourite personal small-town story is when Santa Claus made an appearance on Halloween night, gave my son a bucket of candy and then proceeded to the bonfire to smoke a fat joint, lol.
Actually, amazing moments occur on the regular to the point now where when they happen I secretly sing the Gilmour Girls' 'lah lah la-la-la lah lah lah', How To Dream score in my head (and have seriously considered starting an Instagram Story series inspired by that personal ritual). Even as I write I'm sitting in my local cafe semi-enjoying the sounds of a local base player jamming over a drum machine because (and I only just discovered this) Thursday afternoon jam is about to commence. So awesome. But okay, where am I going to work now? This is the only decent cafe around.
This month I have two finished objects off my knitting needles. My Tin Can Knits Flax Light pullover in infant size (above), and Shannon Cook's Deiecke hat in Maiwa's new silk/wool worsted weight yarn. Did you know thatMaiwa is making their own naturally dyed yarns now? I'll be posting on the blog about it soon.
Last week I said hello in a studio visit podcast-style video over on the Mirrix blog where I share a bit about mine and Katie Earle's project Everlea Textiles, as well as what's on my tapestry loom and why I'm weaving my next tapestry sideways.
Vancouver is rocking it in this new book, Garter Stitch Revival by Interweave Press. It includes an adorable flapper-style hat by local designer Megan Nodecker, a pair of mitts knit up in Sweetgeorgia Yarns and an oversized cowl by Holli Yeoh who also writes the forward. The book is on its way to me and I can't wait to knit up Megan's hat in an emerald green for my sister-in-law's September birthday (planning on getting all my gift knitting done early this year!)
Also, the awesome Tin Can Knits ladies organised the release of an 8 pattern collection called Heart on my Sleeve, by themselves and 7 other designers including Canadian designers Shannon Cook, Tanis Lavallee and Jane Richmond. It's $18 and 100% of the profit goes to the Against Malaria Foundation. How amazing is that?!
oh, and I have to mention that I laughed my butt off reading this summertime blog post by former Baaad Anna's owner, Anna Hunter's husband about the escape of their new Llama from their new farm in Manitoba.
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Vancouver Yarn has been on the back burner for me since its tender age of 3 while I was in Montreal and New York over the past six years. Since my return to BC this past summer I'm finally feeling settled. I've begun paying attention to local textile happenings again and I'm super excited to dive in. Creating that first Vancouver Yarn page while on my lunch break during a nannying gig one January '08 afternoon is a fond memory. I had no idea at the time that the knitting and DIY scene was exploding. I thought I was late to the game but that was just the beginning (Ravelry was only 1yo!) This month VY celebrates its 9th birthday and I have to admit I'm blown away by how many new knitwear designers, indie yarn dyers, and yarn shops have emerged in and around Vancouver since our beginnings, not to mention podcasts (which didn't exist back then). I've always tried to make VY a great local textile resource despite my proximity, but now that I'm back it's time to step it up a notch.
To begin with I'll be offering a monthly newsletter which will come out on the first Wednesday of the month and include my pick of the upcoming workshops in town, a rundown of what we're aware of events-wise for the next month or so, our featured Instagram and Pintrest posts, and a classifieds section. Let me know if you have any suggestions for it. For people/businesses wanting to submit information to this website, our calendar, or submit a classifieds ad in the monthly newsletter all the info including free and paid options can be found HERE.
Actively seeking out submissions is a new approach for us. Until now most of the info on Vancouver Yarn has been sourced by me. So, let me know if you have any feedback or suggestions, I'd love to hear from you.
Happy New Year!
PS I kind of feel like I've been reintroducing myself lately so I thought a photo of me would make sense - hence the months old Knit City pic.
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