This month has been full of strangeness and sickness for me, so I've generally pushed back any/all self-inflicted deadlines that I have made for myself to focus on taking care of myself in all ways. I'm still in the middle of that cyclical cold that seems to never go away, but my energy is beginning to increase so I'm finally getting this out to you. Thanks for your patience.
Here's what I've been up to this past month (it's more that I thought! I also snuck in two weekend trips. No wonder I'm pooped.)
- I'm knitting this sweet cardigan by local designer Elena Nodel. I can tell already that I'm going to make a million of these. It's a beautiful pattern that develops before your eyes as you introduce new colours as you like. It's just so much fun and super easy. The designer, Elena is currently facing some major health issues and she needs financial help. So, buying her patterns is one way to support her. Or if you can contribute a larger sum go to her GoFundMe page here.
-A few weeks ago I blogged about why I like knitting with two strands of yarn held together.
-This week I shared on the blog about my Frankencardi that I made out of two patterns combined plus a lot of editing. I knit it over three years. I just wasn't loving it...until the very end, because it's awesome.
-Last month I visited Urban Yarns' new-to-me North Van location and it's gorgeous! It's perfect for a quick stopover for people coming off Horseshoe Bay ferries on your way into the city. I picked up this seafoam green Sweetgeorgiayarn to knit the locally designed Hoar Frost Shawl with, which I can't stop thinking about but haven't gotten around to casting on.
-Last week I visited Maiwa's new naturally dyed linen yarn and took home two light indigo skeins which I'm designing a simple shawl/scarf with (above). I can already feel it softening up as my hands work with it. It is going to be mostly garter stitch and I've debated about whether to continue in knit stitch or frog it and knit it in purl stitch using Portuguese style knitting. The pattern will be written in knit stitch but when knitting Portuguese-style knitting I prefer to purl!
-And this week I discovered a local podcast, Two Tips, and I love it. Seriously, people, you need to tell me about these things before they're in episode 37! This town is too happening for me to know all the things :) Oh, that reminds me,Kim Werker's podcast is back, too!
Vancouver, are there any other gems you're hiding from me? Of course there are! Be sure to let me know so I can list them. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Hi, I'm Janna. I'm the proprietor 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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