This month the Vancouver Yarn website was down for 8 whole days! For some odd reason my domain registrar decided that after 10 years -yeah, we're 10 years old this year, no biggy ;) - I had to verify the domain with the address I registered it with. I haven't lived there for 9 years and it took me 8 days to convince them I wasn't going to find any utility bills from that time. It was craziness. But I knew that all it would take is finding the right representative, and so I patiently contacted them every day to give my spiel until I found one. And find one I did.
On the knitting front:
After humming and hawing, and then casting on a pullover for which i didn't have enough yarn, and then humming and hawing again, I'm finally diving in an knitting up my Madtosh DK yarns in the exact manner I originally planned to use them back in August when I bought them at Art of Yarn in Kelowna. I have two skeins of Madtosh silk/merino in the Cosmos colourway and three of the Mashtosh DK (100% wool) in the same colourway and I'm knitting Jane Richmond'sClarke pullover using the silk/yarn as the 'contrasting' yarn for the stripes. I originally thought the sheen of the silk would be enough of a contrast against the matte of the wool, but then totally doubted my instinct as well as noticed that the silk/wool is a slightly different gauge than the 100% wool. So, I uncoupled them and cast on a Hamilton in the silk/wool and made an online order for more of that yarn. I was so sad when that didn't pan out because the yarn shop was out of that colourway. So, I gave into the idea that I'd have to overdye the silk to make it more of a contrasting colour and not worry about the gauge. I was all ready to dye it black and then panicked (because the colourway is SO pretty) and instead did an online poll on Instagram to see what everyone else thought I should do. Over 70% of voters said that I should not dye it, which made me think that maybe I wasn't crazy to think that the silk would work as is for the stripes. So, I'm knitting it this week and haven't added a stripe yet, but I'll keep you posted on Instagram. If it doesn't work for whatever reason I'll rip it out and overdye the silk/wool black and that will be that. (can you tell I'm not a swatcher? I know, this time it's unacceptable)
On the weaving front:
This month Katie and I showed our recent series of tapestries at The Kube Studios in Gibsons and man was it fun to exhibit again. At the opening reception wine, cheese, whiskey and pies were inhaled and stories were shared. It was a really fun night. I'm taking the show down on Friday and teaching a beginning tapestry weaving workshop there this Sunday.
Hi, I'm Janna. I'm a tapestry weaver, longtime knitter, 2013 graduate of Concordia University's Fibres and Material Practices program, and co-founder of Everlea Textiles. In my art practice I combine textiles and socially engaged media. Here on the VY blog I mostly share my knits, local events and about other local artists and crafters.