Belle indeed. Oh how I love Sivia's designs. This version of Belle Nuit is knit up in Sweetgeorgia's Silk Crush in Cayenne. Tres Belle.
I love it when local designers use locally made yarn for their patterns. Remember when Jane Richmond did this last August? Love it. Anyone know of any other locally designed patterns where they've used locally made yarn? I bet if I went through Sivia's archive of patterns I'd find things knit up in Indigo Moon and/or Sweet Fiber Yarns (formerly known as Yarn Candy, Sweet Fibre).
So, I've been in Ulukhaktok NWT for the past week teaching knitting. I'm here as the textiles instructor for Aurora College's Ulukhaktok Handicraft Project. The textiles portion is six weeks long and I'll cover hand-knitting, machine knitting and weaving. Since Monday my lovely and talented students have been making basket-weave mobius cowls and are almost done. On Monday they begin slippers which, by request, I'll be helping them translate into custom duffels for inside their mukluks. This may require some wet felting which I think they'd love to learn.
The students are really fast learners and very dedicated. Today I dropped into the classroom and two of them were inside working hard on their cowls - on a Saturday! It was a good thing I showed up too since Suzie was panicking about mistake she couldn't fix. You know how that feels when you're learning how to knit...you dread not being able to continue on with your new addiction.
I can't wait to start a new week with these ladies on Monday. Head over to my workshops blog to read more about my Arctic adventure.
I remember years ago when designer Erin Gibbs of Florence Ann compiled all her long hours of local fibre research into a fabulous guide which came in PDF form. For the longest time it was on our links page and every once and while I'd draw your attention to it on our Facebook page. Now she has moved it into the form of a website: Local Fibre (www.localfibre.com)! Yep, a BC, Yukon and Washington State specific fibre website!! Don't you just love it when other people do your homework for you? I am very thankful that Erin has.
Some awesome features include searchability by fibre-type or region, and each listing has detailed info on what each producer offers. For example, when I searched "llama" (above pic shows results) I found two listings, one of which is Semiahmoo Suffolks in Surrey, BC. Their profile shows me that not only do hey produce llama fleece (and manure), but they also offer washable lambskins, raw fleece and rovings, as well as fresh-frozen lamb.
For those fibres enthusiasts who would like to be updated on any additions that get made to Local Fibres, may I suggest subscribing to the Local Fibres RSS feed?
Thanks again Erin. You rock!
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.