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Hi! My name is Ellen Straubinger and I live with my husband and three children near
White Rock, BC.
I grew up in Germany where I learned knitting, crocheting and sewing in 5th grade. My
friends and I we would knit every opportunity we had and sometimes we were allowed
to knit during class. From the beginning I designed my own patterns. I remember
making a sleeveless sweater with the side seams open and thought it was the coolest
I studied Business Administration in college, but I took every Art class I could also a life
drawing class, which forced me to quite a bit of explaining when my kids found my
drawings last year.
During college I sewed a lot, but came back to knitting when my children were born.
Always on the hunt for the perfect colour I started to dye my own yarn and decided to
sell it on Etsy in October 2006.
I like to knit with natural yarns, but wool is my favourite. Since I have started spinning I
would like to explore more the wool of different breeds of sheep.
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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.
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