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Stella L

Beg:

Stella is a native Vancouverite who hasn’t strayed far from home.  Educated at both BCIT & SFU, Stella is a consultant electrical engineer when she’s not knitting!

Casting On:

Her Mother taught her to knit as a young girl and she was good enough to take home a couple of PNE (Pacific National Exhibition) ribbons.  Since then she’s taught herself to knit continental style.

PSSO:

Spinner, beader, knitter, bobbin lace maker…she does it all!  Somehow she also finds time to be a competitive orchid grower and dragon boat racer!  When she can sneak in some more time she also loves video games, which is a passion she shares with her hubby.

Knit Knowledge & Know How:

Stella is inspired by the LYS samples she sees displayed in the shops.  She loves to try on a sweater in the shop & then buy the yarn and get started.  Interweave magazine & Ravelry are also where she seeks inspiration.  You can see what she’s been up to on Ravelry…she’s Ladysheepbane.

Cables & Lace:

When asked what her favourite project has been she said simply, “I would actually have to finish one!”.  She said that she’s happy with a sweater knit for her friend’s baby who has worn the Elizabeth Zimmerman’s February Baby Sweater from aged 6 mos to 5 yrs.  “I have an issue with gauge!”

Steeks, Tinks & Frogs:

Frogging is Stella’s BFF!  She’s got a sweater that currently looks like a Christmas tree skirt…something about gauge?  This particular sweater (which she fell in love with at a LYS) has been frogged several times and is currently awaiting another reincarnation.  She has a silk blend bolero that’s visited Mr Frog at least 3 times and has been reworked into the lotus blossom vest twice…still not quite finished.

Dye Lots:

Stella is now in her red phase and anything silk or silk blend feels “happy” to knit with.  She loves angora, but found out recently that she’s quite allergic to it!

Fibre Fantasy:

Her dream knitting projects would be a fine gauge sweater using a red (of course!) silk blend yarn and an “insanely giant” blanket with a beautiful landscape design.

Guild Gauge:

A WCKG member since 2008, Stella is also a current member-at-large for the Guild.  She especially enjoys the comraderie of the Guild. She loves that she’s in the company of like minded people who don’t think you’re crazy to buy a $50 skein of yarn or drive miles out of your way to a yarn shop that sells something you’ve pined after!  Show & Share is especially inspirational and “makes me want to do better”.

Purls of Wisdom:

“Always check your gauge while you’re knitting”.  Guess she speaks from experience!!

 

 

 

Janis W.

Beg:

Born in Montreal, Janis is a self-proclaimed Air Force brat who ended up in Vancouver via various other Canadian locations, at the age of 12.  She majored in math & science at  Simon Fraser University, and put her  skills to good use during her working career (she’s been retired for a few years now).  Married for more than 40 years, she and her hubby live in right in the heart of Vancouver.

Casting On:

Janis learned to knit in Winnipeg.  She attended an after-school program at aged 8, that introduced  both children & adults to the wonderful world  of knitting.  An avid crocheter, she taught herself as a teenager by reading Paton’s “First Steps in Crochet” cover to cover!

PSSO:

When not knitting or crocheting, Janis sings!  She’s been singing in her church and in community choirs for years. Janis is the co-ordinator of the knitting program at a Senior’s centre (where the WCKG holds it’s meetings) and is a long time member of a weekly knitting group.  An avid reader she especially loves historic romance novels and claims to devour about four a week!  Now, that’s one busy lady.  She & her hubby have recently hung up their travelling hats, but before then have seen quite a bit of the province in their van.  Singing all the way, no doubt!

Knit Knowledge and Know How:

Her go-to crochet guru is Paton’s “First Steps to Crochet, # 167”.  She’s had it for years and refers back to it constantly.  She can’t believe how Knitty.com and Ravelry have changed the craft of knitting & crocheting & Janis uses the web as a resource for her own designs. Check her out on Ravelry… she’s Yarnbroker.

Cables & Lace:

What Janis absolutely loves to do the most is repurpose yarn found in thrift shops!  Nothing gives her more pleasure than frogging an unloved sweater or scarf and reworking it into a new, loved again garment.  Take note of the scarf Janis is wearing in her photo.  It was a Value Village find that was just tossed aside (it’s wool & silk) then frogged (on the bus ride home) and lovingly washed & reworked (in her own design) into a scarf she has had lots of compliments on.  Now, that’s keeping it “green”!

Steeks, Tinks & Frogs:

Janis admits to about 4 projects (is that all?) that have been waiting for her for about 5 years.  A baby blanket that she discovered had unmatched dye lots, a stack of granny squares waiting to be made into a blanket, a log cabin blanket missing one of it’s logs, and a hat of her own design that is “topless”.  She is proud of the fact that she’s spent the last year frogging 6 other projects and getting the wool ready to be repurposed.   Wouldn’t you have to admit that frogging 6 beats 4 in the bush?

Dye Lots:

Janis couldn’t pick a colour (well, maybe brown) that she doesn’t love!  Her re-purposed yarn from selective abandoned projects is her favourite thing to use.  If she can find 100% wool, call her happy!

Fibre Fantasy:

She states that, “a project that would use up all of my stash” would be her fantsy.  A prolific knitter & crocheter, Janis makes  about 20 hats, scarves & mitts every month, many of which she donates to various charities.   She thinks the fantasy project might take about 10 years to complete.  Now, that’s some stash!

Guild Gauge:

Janis has been a member of WCKG since 2004.  She loves the inspiration she gets from the other members and especially enjoys Show & Share.   She takes a lot of pleasure in seeing fellow Guild members develop their art and loves the creativity and imagination WCKG encourages.  Janis is our venue coordinator and is usually one of the first members you see as you come through the door.

Purls of Wisdom:

“Make mistakes then learn how to correct them”.

 

 

PNE gets Yarnbombed!

BC’s Pacific National Exhibition, held annually in Vancouver, has been yarnbombed!   Visitors to the PNE can enter the Sanctuary, a quiet place to get away from the chaos of the midway, food vendors and street entertainment, via a flag draped bridge.  Once over the bridge a covered wiggle worm and colourful trees draped in crocheted flowers welcome you!  Knit Social, hosts to the upcoming Knit City, were asked to bomb the PNE…worth a visit!

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Photos by M Purvey

Stacey W.

Beg:

Born and raised in Vancouver, Anastasia, aka, Stacey has never left home.  She says that other places have enticed her, but “why would I leave such a beautiful city?”.  We agree!

Casting on:

Stacey learned to knit when a family friend was babysitting her at about age 6.  Using pencils as needles and yarn wrapped around coins (to encourage her to finish the project & collect the prize) she was fascinated by the way things took shape.  As a teenager she discovered some old craft magazines and inherited some yarn thus restarting her love of knitting.  A true “raveler” she says she spends far too much time surfing the website!

KFB & PSSO:

Stacey earned her degree in fine arts from UBC and worked for a number of years as the director of a local art gallery.  Today she’s a freelancer.  Her artistic knowledge is well utilized in her volunteer life, as she is very involved with Friends for Life, helping them select pieces for their annual gala and auction.  She also loves to travel and recently spent some time in Mexico where the artwork there put a significant dint in her wallet!

Knit Knowledge and Know How:

Stacey is a knit designer on ravelry and you can also follow her blog.  A lover of lace shawls, her patterns are personal and truly beautiful.  She takes inspiration from Vogue Knitting magazine as well as the Interweave series.  She confesses to having a hard time following a pattern and often finds herself “knitted into a corner” where no manner of correcting will get her out!  Stacey thinks of knitting patterns like recipes…open to adding a little more to the mix to make it your own.  Check out Stacey’s designs at jahdoilyknits.com

 

Cables & Lace:

Her most recent project that brought delight to the wearer (a bride) and to Stacey, was a wedding shawl she made for a friend.  The bride had knit her own wedding skirt and Stacey’s shawl added the finishing touch.  Designed to reflect the bride’s life and dreams Stacey has written about this shawl on her blog and is featured wearing it in her photo for this profile.   Knit from delicate Sweet Georgia yarns, it is titled “Lisa’s Wedding Shawl”.  Another project that was fun was a Tin Can Knit design titled “antler”.  The first baby thing she’d knit recently, she was pleased with how cute (and quick) it was!

Steeks, Tinks & Frogs:

Knitting herself into a corner (which to Stacey means that she just couldn’t correct the mistakes she made while personalizing a pattern), the Adrift sweater she started a while ago is being set adrift!  As yet, she hasn’t been able to bring herself to frog it.  She admits to frogging many shawls and to learning from the feedback from her test knitters on Ravelry.

Dye Lots:

A lover of vibrant colours, lace weight yarns and all things hand dyed, she can’t resist any one or combination when yarn shopping.  Her current love is BFL fingering yarn…great for those lace shawl designs.

Fibre Fantasy:

“I’d love to knit something from the Victorian Lace Today magazine out of Sweet Georgia cashsilk”.  She describes the pattern as a huge circular blanket or shawl.  We’ll look forward to seeing that at one of the meetings!

Guild Gauge:

A relatedly new member, Stacey joined WCKG in 2013 after picking up a pamphlet at a LYS.  She loves the fact that she came sit with a room full of like minded knitters and enjoy the energy that comes from the meeting.  Show and Share provides an opportunity to see what others are doing and to occasionally show her own designs.

Purls of Wisdom:

“Learn to love swatching”.  Stacey truly loves to swatch new yarns to see how they feel and to determine just what project will truly showcase the yarn.  She encourages knitters to swatch before they knit, especially if you’ve never used that yarn before…it helps put yarn and pattern together.  Good advice!

Stacey’s photo is courtesy of her website jaydoilyknits.com

 

 

 

359 newcomers to B.C’s Cowichan Valley knit 160 foot scarf!

Three hundred and fifty nine people from the Cowichan Valley on B.C’s Vancouver Island, got together make a 160 foot long scarf.  The project was the brain child of Cowichan Intercultural Society’s Francoise Moulin.  Her hope was that when the newcomers got together and knit, they would get to know one another and feel welcome into their new community.  Click here to read about the project and follow the scarf’s journey around the Cowichan Valley.

Photo courtesy of Ashley Degraff of the Cowichan News Leader

Rachel Z

Beg.

Born in England and raised in Montreal, Rachel vacationed in Vancouver as a teenager and fell in love with the city.  Vowing to return, she moved here as a young adult, and after a brief stint back in Montreal to attend school, she’s now a North Vancouverite.

Casting on:

Mostly self taught, Rachel attributes an English vacation to visit her grandparents as the catalyst to her love for knitting.  With undivided attention from her Grandmother, who showed her the basics, and armed with Dell’s “100 Knitting Stitches”, Rachel taught herself to knit over that summer.  The hobby taken up as a young teen has blossomed into a passion for all things made with knitting needles!

PSSO:

A busy home life with hubby and two children plus a full time job with the District of North Vancouver keeps Rachel’s life pretty full.  She is an avid reader (she’s making her way through the Canada Reads list) and enjoys travels with her family.  They’ve gone to Europe together and mentions a trip to the Maritime provinces as especially memorable.

Knit Knowledge and Know How:

“I love the Interweave family of magazines”, she says.  An avid Raveler she is more of a “looker” than a “poster”.  After taking a WCKG workshop with noted knitting guru Donna Druchunas , she fell in love with sock knitting and the basic principles of their construction.  She sees them as various interchangeable parts.  Rachel is definitely not a member of the “only one sock finished” club!

Cables & Lace:

A beautifully fitted green cotton vest is her one of her most satisfying (and envied) projects.  The pattern from Knitter’s magazine, Fall of 2008, is called Candy Apple.  It fits perfectly and one of her coworkers has suggested that if she ever wants to rid herself of it, just toss it her way!

Steeks, Tinks & Frogs:

After having purchased the yarn in England (in shades of blue) and settling on a pattern, Rachel eagerly started a cardigan over two years ago.  Realizing that it was full of too many cables and ribs to her liking, the sweater is awaiting the rip it, rip it of Senor Frog!

Dye Lots:

Rachel loves blues & blue red combinations in yarn.  Merino is her most frequent choice and sock weight yarn seems to be what’s on the needles these days.  Patterns with short rows are  what she most often looks for when selecting her next project.

Fibre Fantasy:

The Peasy  cardigan, found on Ravelry, has caught her eye.  She says she can visualize it the Donegal merino in greens & blues she’s bought for the very purpose of making “Peasy”. She loves the style of the top down design, which appeals to her sense of organic style knitting.  Organic, to Rachel, is being able to “change on the fly”, something that top down patterns are particularly suited for.

Guild Gauge:

Rachel joined the WCKG in 2007.  She especially loves the fact that she and her mom, Mariela  (who is WCKG past president) have further nurtured their mother-daughter bond with the mutual joy they find in knitting.  Rachel is the Guild’s membership co-ordinator, and you can often find her at meetings greeting new members.

Purls of Wisdom:

Rachel says she can knit anything with the magic loop method and is a self professed convert and addict.  She admits that once she discovered the magic of magic loop, she’s never looked back!  Maybe we should all give it a try!