Happy Summer! Usually I get an itch to go into the city every few weeks but lately, that's not the case. All this hot weather has caused me to devolve into full-on summer mode much earlier than usual. For three weeks now I haven't wanted to go anywhere but the beach with my family. I live in paradise on the Sunshine Coast surrounded by lakes and ocean, so who can blame me? I couldn't even get my butt off the Coast for all the awesome textiles things that have been happening in and around Vancouver. I even had an opportunity to go into the city (sans kid) for the (In)FIninte exhibition and Address Assembly but forwent it for a couple of days of sunshine on the lake. It's a three-hour commute one way - who wants to be in transit on a sunny day when you could be on a beach? Am I right?! As a kid I only went to ocean beaches in the summer, so it was never swimming weather until the end of June-ish. This lake business is the way to begin summer! And in May at that!
I know it's common thinking that knitting slows down when weather gets warm but there's no evidence of this online. If anything people will be knitting more than ever what with Stash Dash beginning soon (if you're not familiar with this friendly stash-busting competition check out Melissa's first blog from last year's).
Summer is especially awesome for us natural dyers. So, as some yarn shops close down for periods of time (like Wool is Not Enough andCrafty Creations) I'm just getting revved up. My St.Johns Wort is budding and I'm thrilled! After the first bloom I'll begin harvesting buds and freezing them to see if they will still dye after thawing. Last year I couldn't keep up with my fresh supply, so I'm hoping I can freeze them and use them year 'round.
My studio is quite a sanctuary for me these days and I'm feeling very inspired despite not having actually fully finished anything in a few weeks. Part of the "problem" is that I've got too many things on the go: a woven linen plant hanger experimentation on my 16" Mirrix, and I still haven't fully finished the ends on my last big tapestry. Plus, I've frogged and reknit the garter stitch scarf/shawl that I'm designing in Maiwa's indigo linen several times (but it's so pretty now). Then there are the two baby cardigans that are half done and waiting for their turn, too. Not complaining one bit - loving every moment of all these projects and looking forward to more.
I've got a weaving/dyeing residency coming up at Fibreworks Studio and Gallery (AKA the Yurts) in Madeira Park. Come say hi between June 26th and July 2nd (11am-4pm). Or better yet, build yourself a PVC loom for under $20 and join me for a free soft-instructional day of weaving on Saturday, July 1st 12pm-3pm. It's going to be fun times! And there's an awesome basketry exhibit at the yurts then, too.
Just a heads up, there won't be a July newsletter. The next one will be in the first week of August. Talk to you then!
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.