I usually begin preparing each monthly newsletter immediately after I press send on the last one one. And then throughout the month I think of things to add and jot them down in the body of this greeting every second day or so. This month I did that for the first two days of March and then I totally abandoned it until last week. I laughed out loud when I finally revisited it and read my first note: It's okay to fail. Kim Werker told me so. Both these things are true, and If that's a message you need to hear I highly recommend connecting with Kim on her various platforms and listening to her on these podcasts (her name appears a few times on the list on the right). So, I got to writing and working through some art angst this past month, a bit of emotional spring-cleaning if you will, and I had a revelation: Wherever I'm at is where I'm at, and that's a valid and okay place to be. Be it in my art practice or elsewhere. So simple, yet so freeing. And It's one thing to know that logically, but to internalize it is such a godsend. The BC podcast, Art for Your Ear helped me get there, too.
Springtime revelations are the best. Bring on new beginnings (and the sunshine!). And speaking of, my colleague Katie Earle and I recently began a new project, Everyone is a Portal. My first tapestry for the series came off my Mirrix last week and I wrote about how that aforementioned epiphany manifested in my art practice, over on the Mirrix Looms blog.
On the knitting front: I took a bit of a knitting hiatus when we were living in New York. I think in the craziness I just couldn't get into the zone (or something). Even after I made a couple of baby cardigans recently I wasn't convinced that I was actually knitting again. But this month I have FOUR hats off my needles. I'm back, baby! This Missoni inspired Pussy Hat is being blocked as I write. And I blogged about the two toques I knit earlier this month. Plus a couple of days ago I finished test knitting this cloche hat by local designer Abbye Knits and gifted it to my great aunt who says she'll wear it with a brooch, which I love.
In other local knitting news
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Hi, I'm Janna. I'm the owner and natural dyer at Everlea Yarn and the tapestry instructor at The School of SweetGeorgia. I am a tapestry weaver, longtime knitter and 2013 graduate of Concordia University's Fibres and Material Practices program.
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