Hi Friends! This fall really kicked my butt so it has taken me longer to get my stuff together to send you updates than I had planned. I spent September preparing Everlea Yarn for Knit City as well as installing two tapestries for the Textile Symposium of America while also transitioning my five-year-old into full-time kindergarten. I tried to see as much art as possible during the symposium in Vancouver while dyeing hundreds of skeins of yarn and building my booth for Knit City from my studio in Pender Harbour, but failed miserably. What beautiful things did you see during the Textile Symposium of America? Women's Work at The Italian Cultural Center is still on until December 30th. I highly recommend you see it!
Knit City was an absolute blast and total blur. Everlea Yarn is so new, so I was over-the-moon when several people had me on their must-visit lists including Uncle Stashly (yes, these lists are a must at Knit City lest you just walk around aimlessly and anxiously in the chalked-full-of-yarn PNE Forum). I left Knit City feeling energized and excited about the future of Everlea Yarn as well as totally physically drained. In the weekends following Knit City I taught a two-day tapestry weaving class and then co-hosted for the three-day Sunshine Coast Art crawl. To say I was burned out is an understatement. But, I am truly and loving everything that is rolling out in my life right now. The burnout was purely physical and now I'm totally recovered and excited about some upcoming collaborations.
I spent a lot of time at Fibreworks this past year. It is a community space in Pender Harbour situated in a network of yurts open on the warmer months. They just wrapped up their transition year between founder Yvonne Stowell (@markofthehand) and new owner Alexis Bach. Since June I've been working on making one of Yvonne's stunning one-of-a-kind hand knit shawls into a pattern. I've knit my sample and am putting the finishing touches on the pattern while my group of test knitters knit it up and the tech editor does her magic. Below is my sample knit up in a strand of Everlea's 100% Alpaca and a strand of Maiwa's cobweb weight organic linen held double. The finished fabric is airy and soft with stunning drape. I can't wait to release the pattern (hopefully before the new year). Look for it on Ravelry as The Mark of the Hand Shawl. Join Everlea's mailing list to be notified when it releases.
Tomorrow 88 Stitches is hosting a Strange Brew trunk show in their shop in Langley.
Got Craft? is next weekend and you can to find goodies from local authors/designers/sisters Pip'n'Pin (AKA Megan and Katie) there! Both of their new books, Strand and This Must be the Place will be there as well as knitting needles and notions.
Sweetgeorgia's recent Make and Hue issues is all about Community. Read it here
The Maiwa spring workshop list out
And Knit Social announced an amazing retreat featuring workshops with Norah Gaughan and Bristol Ivy
âLocal designers have been busy making beautiful things..
Today Sylvia McFadden released this beautiful tri-colour shawl!
and Jenny Faifel launched a mystery KAL for a uniquely constructed worsted-weight cowl.
âJane Richmond recently released this stunning lightweight hat in three weights of yarn
Caitlin Shepherd released this beautiful leaf motif pullover
Shannon Cook released this all white Snowberry warp and cowl pattern with Tolt Yarn and Wool
Abbye Dahl released this stunning colourful shawl
Andrea Rangel released this cozy cardigan in the last issue of PomPom
And this new cabled pullover by Standard Knits has the most beautiful cable and shoulder details
Inese Sang released this amazing textured hat
I'm sure I've missed some. Let me know and I'll add them to next month's newsletter. XoJanna
Welcome to the Vancouver Yarn blog! This space exists to celebrate and spread the word about all events, new local patterns, products and businesses.
Submit the details of an event or new locally designed knitting/crochet pattern, or other local DIY news and I'll post about it here. Thank you! ~Janna Vallee
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.
I created Vancouver Yarn in 2008 as a 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 share Community Highlights.
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