Woolith Fair is an event for yarn lovers and fibre artists from the Lower Mainland and beyond. Organized by the West Coast Knitters’ Guild, this three-day yarn crawl is designed to get you out and about, and visiting as many Local Yarn Stores (LYSs) and fibre-related businesses as possible! The event is open to everyone – you do not need to be a Guild Member to participate.
From April 28th to 30th, 2017, LYSs from Vancouver to Abbotsford will be celebrating all things yarny, with discounts and promotions, yummy treats, and giveaways. Collect stamps on the Woolith Fair Passport as you go, and you can enter to win one of several different prizes.
Please visit the Woolith Fair website to learn everything you need to know about this event. Read the blog posts on the home page to learn about the 17 participating Passport Stops, and then be sure to download your official Woolith Fair Passport. You can also follow us on and Facebook!
Check out the interviews with our fellow guild members Caitlin ffrench and Holli Yeoh. Caitlin was a guest speaker at a guild meeting earlier this year. Her interview sheds a bit more light about this talented woman. Holli shares some insight and refers to a workshop she will be offering to guild members in the future. Stay tuned – as we are organizing something with some zip in the New Year!
Elections will take place at the next guild meeting, Tuesday June 7, 2016, for the following positions:
- One of Two Members at Large – guild meeting duties including welcoming new members and guests, organizing and collecting yarn donations, door prize ticket distribution
- Secretary – note keeping duties for guild and executive meetings and other related guild administration duties
- Treasurer – responsible for the guild’s revenue and expenditures along with any supporting duties and documents
The term/commitment to these guild member roles is a minimum of two years.
If you are interested in putting your name forward for any of these positions, or if you have further questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org . Please communicate your interest in becoming part of the Executive Committee by midnight Tuesday May 31.
Mady the owner of Trendy or What Knot is the guest speaker for the next guild meeting. Her shop is located in Mission and is part of the upcoming Woolith Fair Yarn Crawl event.
Not only does the shop have yarn, it also has a gift area that includes knit, handwoven, spun and other unique items made by local artists. Mady says “We aim to provide unique and authentic yarns and gifts, and support local yarn artists from all around the Fraser Valley, BC.”
Join us at the May 3 guild meeting and hear all about her unique shop. If you are not a member of the Guild, please consider attending as a visitor. You may find it so much fun that you will want to become a member. Click here for directions for guild meeting location.
Sylvia Olsen is on her way to Newfoundland, gathering knitters (and wanna be knitters) along the way. She’s enthralling them with stories and teaching the techniques used by the Coast Salish knitters. She stopped in Vancouver, one of the first on her long journey across Canada, and we were so glad she did. The class was inspiring and fun! We left with so much admiration for the Coast Salish who knit these sweaters for a living. She calls the Coast Salish colourwork intuitive. To quote Sylvia “Coast Salish colourwork takes time to learn. It’s like dancing. Keep at it and you will get the rhythm”. We are all now practicing our dancing!
Australian Phil Ferguson taught himself to knit & crochet from youtube. The results…”edible” head gear! Check it out!
Yarnbomber Olek, wrapped pieces of Cancun’s Underwater Museum with camo-graffiti. Mexican authorities have charged Olek with illegally tampering with the museum’s art. Vancouver blogger & yarnbomber Leanne Prain offers her opinions on the ethics of yarnbombing. Very much worth a read!
Photos by Olek for pangeaseed
I was wondering whether Ravelry had an app so I could use it on my Ipod Touch. It turns out they have a mobile version of their Web site. Yeah! There are also several apps available that connect with Ravelry in different ways: e.g. Wooly gives you access to your Ravelry notebook, and Yarma is a camera app for iphone and iPad that allows you to tweak your images before uploading to Ravelry.
You can read all about these and several other knitting related apps on the Ravelry App page.
Have you got lots of yarn in your stash but can’t think of how to use it up? Do you like the idea of knitting something just a bit different? Check out these crazy yarn bombs!
Photo courtesy: @SOLEPINASCO ON INSTAGRAM
If you would like to see a knitted Klein bottle and a few other mathematically important shapes, here is Sarah-Marie Belcastro, in a five page article with lovely pictures, writing about Math and knitting in American Scientist.
Image courtesy: American Scientist