I just got back from the most relaxing time with family in BC. We had decided that this was the best time for me to go and introduce Sam to the Fam since it was a good opportunity to give Danny some alone time in Montreal to complete his thesis. As I write he is applying the finishing touches before he sends it off tonight. Go Danny!
The past three weeks in BC were magical. I spent a lot of quality time with my mom, great-aunt Franca and uncle John who all helped tremendously with all things Sam. I mostly appreciated the fact that they made sure that he had a well fed and rested mama. I even ventured to continue our cloth diaper regimen, which wouldn't have been possible without Franca's help in the laundry department. Franca is my 'artist aunt' who is super talented in the fibre arts. She creates art dolls, amazing vintage jewelry re-makes and has an impressive collection of hand-made quilts in her repertoire. One of her santos art dolls (a bride) is currently being featured in Art Doll Quarterly in the Summer 2013 issue. Yay Franca! It was so nice staying with her and John in beautiful Davis Bay, where I discovered the best coffee shop on the Sunshine Coast, Straight Coffee. I couldn't believe my ears when they offered my latte in cow, coconut, soy or almond milk. Amazing! And the food is so delicious.
Off my needles...
I finished my lovely Strathcona scarf while I was on the coast and finally gave it to Franca (a few months later than planned). It's knit with a double strand of Brassard lace yarn; one grey wool, one white cotton.
visit to Maiwa...
One place that I must always go when I visit BC is Maiwa, my fave store of all time. They recently received a shipment of vintage kantha quilts and I just had to see them in person. Each one is original and hand-stitched, and they're only $150.00! If only didn't live on a student budget. I was lucky to leave with a lovely natural-dyed, hand-printed linen tunic, thanks to my generous mom-in-law :)
As awesome as it was I'm glad to be back in Montreal with the hubby, where it is breezy and 28 degrees :)
Hi, I'm Janna. I'm the owner and natural dyer at Everlea Yarn. I am also a tapestry weaver, longtime knitter and 2013 graduate of Concordia University's Fibres and Material Practices program.
I founded Vancouver Yarn in 2008 as a single space to hold all the textile awesomeness Vancouver (and beyond) offers. In 2010 I moved away from BC and was (a bit) absent here until I returned in 2016. Here on the VY blog I mostly share about local events and other local artists and crafters.
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