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Hi! My name is Ellen Straubinger and I live with my husband and three children near
White Rock, BC.
I grew up in Germany where I learned knitting, crocheting and sewing in 5th grade. My
friends and I we would knit every opportunity we had and sometimes we were allowed
to knit during class. From the beginning I designed my own patterns. I remember
making a sleeveless sweater with the side seams open and thought it was the coolest
I studied Business Administration in college, but I took every Art class I could also a life
drawing class, which forced me to quite a bit of explaining when my kids found my
drawings last year.
During college I sewed a lot, but came back to knitting when my children were born.
Always on the hunt for the perfect colour I started to dye my own yarn and decided to
sell it on Etsy in October 2006.
I like to knit with natural yarns, but wool is my favourite. Since I have started spinning I
would like to explore more the wool of different breeds of sheep.
Janna Maria Vallee is a tapestry weaver, longtime knitter, and 2013 graduate of Concordia University's Fibres and Material Practices program. In her art practice Janna combines textiles and socially engaged media. She founded VY in 2008.