In addition to the Hinterland book that I wrote about last week, four new books have hit my radar - and they're all by some of the most celebrated designers in the Vancouver textile scene. I'm excited - and totally caught off guard! But, it is autumn after all, and these women never disappoint, so I shouldn't be surprised that they're kicking ass another year in a row.
Caitlin Ffrench has released a new series of incredible patterns in her book The Darkness Fell - I'm in love with that circle shawl!!!
Jane Richmond and Shannon Cook have a book of patterns called Within coming out on October 5th. Plus, Jane released a single pattern yesterday, the West Coast Cardigan, which will definitely be in my queue soon.
Amanda Kafka AKA The Crafty Jackalope released her first volume of patterns. This woman knows how to design a neck piece - I can't wait to caste on the Bandana Rocks cowl.
And the wonderful Felicia Lo of Sweetgeorgia Yarns is releasing a book called Dyeing to Spin and Knit!
I'm know there will be at the very least previews and samples in their respective booths at Knit City this weekend - for sure Caitlin will have her book there and by the looks of her Instagram she is making knitting kits, too. For now enjoy these pictures from the artists' Instagram accounts and here are some links to where you can purchase all the books:
Purchase The Darkness Fell by Caitlin Ffrench on ravelry
Buy Within by Jane Richmond and Shannon Cook online and in stores on October 5th (here's Jane's West Coast Cardi)
Buy The Crafty Jackalope Vol 1 online here
Preorder Dyeing to Spin and Knit by Felicia Lo on Amazon
Knit City is approaching quickly - it's only two weekends away!
Over the past six years living between MontreaI and New York my partner and I have both been students, so every year I'd try to coordinate being in Vancouver in the fall but I could never swing it. So, this will be my first year attending Knit City - I can't believe it took me five years!
I've heard so many awesome things about Fiona and Amanda, the awesome women over at Knit Social who run the event, and I hear nothing but good things, and how much fun people have between the classes, lectures and marketplace. Every year I oogle over all the Instagram pictures and this year I can actually take notes and make my rounds - I'm so stoked. Some things I'm excited about are the Hinterland Straits collection of patterns from Hinterland Textiles featuring local designers Jane Richmond, Shannon Cook, Andrea Rangel and Lindsay Inouye of Standard Knits and seeing some locally made yarn that I'm constantly drooling over online but are not the easiest to browse in person (ie, they're mostly available online) like Rain City Knits, Hinterland Textiles and Sweet Fibre among others.
I'll be teaching a full-day tapestry weaving class on the Saturday (which is sold out! Yay!) and then giving a free tapestry loom demonstration on Sunday October 2nd at 11:30. Come to the demonstration to learn about various ways that you can make and use tapestry looms as well as a demonstration of a Mirrix Loom and electric treadle (my favourite portable commercial tapestry loom). Other than that I'll be hanging out in the Unwind Knit & Fibre Lounge booth with Kim. Looking forward to seeing some familiar faces!
See you there,
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.