Join in on the Grotine-along (GAL) and knit or crochet the Grotine shawl with designer Caroline Dick.
The Grotine-along is on Instagram only. In order to join you need to use the hashtag #grotine on a post that includes a picture of your Grotine between March 26 and April 30th. Go Caroline's Instagram page to follow her and follow along with the GAL to learn more about prizes and such.
âThe GAL started on March 26th and ends Tuesday, April 30th - and it's not too late to join in.
100% of the sales of the knit Grotine Pattern go to True North Aid.
100% of the sales of the crochet Grotine Pattern by @funkycatcrochet go to Native American Rights Fund
On Instagram stories local author and knit designer Andrea Rangel shares outfits that she has made by hand. She recently shared this beauty and since she did it in collaboration with local artists I wanted to share it here. Andrea self drafted the dress in fabric which was handwoven at Wovenwares, a weaving studio in Victoria, and then had it eco printed by local artist Caitlin ffrench. She knit the Docklight pullover in Brooklyn Tweed Shelter. Isn't this the perfect early spring outfit?
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PS. Want to knit this sweater? Use our search engine to find out which local yarn shops carry Brooklyn Tweed yarn.
Ana Isabel has a number of weaving 101 and weaving 102 workshops lined up in Vancouver this spring! Check them out at the link below...
Learn the process of felting with Eszter! She will teach you how to process ( wash and card ) raw Icelandic fiber and where to source it from locally. Learn about the history of felting practices from Mongolia to industrial felting, and complete and take home two samples of a wet felted textile and a sculptural textile object. You will be supplied with felting needles, wool, felting pad, bubble wrap, and a dowel with two ties. We will be using local Icelandic fleece from Tideview Farm. You get to keep and take home all the ingredients above!
In the past two months there have been in depth conversations about inclusivity (or lack thereof) in the craft community which includes a call to action by black, indigenous and people of colour for businesses in the craft community to each create a statement of inclusivity. I have since created an FAQ page which includes our inclusivity statement and reads as follows...
Vancouver Yarn is an inclusive space - everyone is welcome to be included in our resource lists regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, age or ability. However, if it is found that someone has engaged in racism, bigotry or similar harmful, exclusive behaviour their information will be removed from Vancouver Yarn.
This call to action took place on Instagram where @su.krita, @thecolormustard, @astitchtowear, and @ocean_bythesea have largely contributed to the conversation. Responding to the call to action and creating an inclusivity statement for your business is a small gesture of inclusivity which all white-run craft businesses should have no problem taking part in if you are a business which holds space for marginalized people. I'm looking forward to seeing all your websites updated with yours soon!
Welcome to the Vancouver Yarn blog! I see this as a space that exists to celebrate any and all new local patterns, events, products and businesses. Please help me keep on top of all the local talent by submitting new content.
Contribute by submitting (via the form above) an event or new locally designed knitting/crochet pattern, or other newsworthy item and I'll post it here on the blog. Thank you! ~Janna Vallee
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.
I founded Vancouver Yarn in 2008 as a single space to hold as much of the textile awesomeness that I could find in and around Vancouver. Here on the VY blog I mostly share about local events, pattern releases as well as Community Highlights.
Do you have an event, KAL, yarn or pattern release, launch or other thing you want us to post? Just fill out the form at the top of this page, or send your press release to me at
janna (at) vancouveryarn.com