So, I've been in Ulukhaktok NWT for the past week teaching knitting. I'm here as the textiles instructor for Aurora College's Ulukhaktok Handicraft Project. The textiles portion is six weeks long and I'll cover hand-knitting, machine knitting and weaving. Since Monday my lovely and talented students have been making basket-weave mobius cowls and are almost done. On Monday they begin slippers which, by request, I'll be helping them translate into custom duffels for inside their mukluks. This may require some wet felting which I think they'd love to learn.
The students are really fast learners and very dedicated. Today I dropped into the classroom and two of them were inside working hard on their cowls - on a Saturday! It was a good thing I showed up too since Suzie was panicking about mistake she couldn't fix. You know how that feels when you're learning how to knit...you dread not being able to continue on with your new addiction.
I can't wait to start a new week with these ladies on Monday. Head over to my workshops blog to read more about my Arctic adventure.
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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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