Spring Spirals

Spirals in ferns in Vancouver, BC – http://kimwerker.com/blog

When I decided to make a spiral the science-y part of my Science Hat design, I was thinking of the ferns. (Also the snails.)

This spring has been a total mess here in Vancouver – way too rainy, way too cold. (I was also motivated to demand climate-change action when I designed that hat, to be clear.) And I feel like maybe the ferns have unfurled a bit later than usual (but I honestly have no idea about this at all).

But unfurled they have! Which I discovered the other day while walking through the woods.

Here’s how you can keep spirals around you all the time by crocheting them in two colours.

Spirals in ferns in Vancouver, BC – http://kimwerker.com/blog

Spirals in ferns in Vancouver, BC – http://kimwerker.com/blog

Sunny Day

We’ve had a very grey, very rainy (record-breaking rainy!) spring so far here in Vancouver, and it’s seriously getting people down. Me included.

So when the sun came out this morning, I made the very most of it. I took the longer route home through the woods after walking my kid to school. I ran an errand at Granville Island. I stopped at the beach on my way home.

The cherry blossoms started blooming over a week ago, and I was so grateful for this first glimpse of them against a clear blue sky.

Oh man, I so needed this sunny day.

Forest in spring, Vancouver BC
cherry blossoms in spring, Vancouver BC
cherry blossoms in spring, Vancouver BC
cherry blossoms in spring, Vancouver BC
Granville Island, Vancouver BC
Spanish Banks beach, Vancouver BC

A Day of Tapestry Weaving

Tapestry weaving - http://kimwerker.com/blog

This past weekend was the fifth annual Knit City yarn festival here in Vancouver. It’s an incredibly fun weekend every year, and people come from far and wide to buy yarn, take classes, and relish in our collective crafty love. I spoke at the kick-off of the very first one, and every year people come up to me and tell me about their crochet adventures. This year included! It’s awesome.

I picked up a couple of skeins of gorgeous SweetGeorgia yarn and a hefty skein of self-striping Caterpillargreen yarn that I’ve already cast on. I caught up with some friends from Toronto I’d love to be able to see more of, and reconnected with local friends I haven’t seen in ages because of the super intense summer and fall I’ve had.

And I took a class.

A full-day class.

On tapestry weaving.

You might recall I’ve dabbled with tapestry weaving before. Of course, I had no idea what I was doing, so I thought a class might help fill in some blanks, and indicate the places where I was totally wrong in the way I assumed it’s supposed to be done.

Janna Maria Vallee taught the class, and I loved every minute of it. We got to take home our looms, and I intend to finish my garish sampler (I obsessed a bit too much about the four colours I’d use, and chose wrong!), and see what mood will strike when it’s time to make another.

Tapestry weaving class - http://kimwerker.com/blog

Janna Maria Vallee teaches tapestry weaving at Knit City – http://kimwerker.com/blog

Tapestry weaving class - http://kimwerker.com/blog

Tapestry weaving class - http://kimwerker.com/blog

Tapestry weaving class - http://kimwerker.com/blog

Do you weave? What’s your favourite project you’ve made? What’s your favourite resource for learning?

 

Vancouver Mini Maker Faire 2016

Last year, we were on our big road trip when the annual Vancouver Mini Maker Faire was held. It was the fifth annual one, and the first I’d missed. I was especially excited, then, to bring the whole fam to the event this year.

I was impressed and delighted by how many varied activities there were for kids. For adults, too, obviously, but it was just so much fun to be there with my kindergartener.

VMMF 2016

VMMF 2016
VMMF 2016

We came home with a couple of robots – one of the light-seeking ones shown above, and another that involves taping markers to a solo cup, which I’ll pull out on a rainy day.

There was a Textile Village featuring the Modern Quilt Guild, weavers, spinners, knitters, paper-dyers, and screen printers. Unlike at other maker events I’ve attended, where fibre people are sequestered away in a small back room, this area was prominent and inviting. I was so happy to see it.

VMMF 2016

VMMF 2016

I’m resurrecting my ridiculous dream of making a huge animatronic crocheted robot/statue, and I’m determined to participate in next year’s event as a Maker again!

Do you have a major Maker Faire or a Mini Maker Faire in your area? Have you participated as a Maker? Enjoy going just to play? If you’ve never been, I urge you to check one out!

Vancouver in Spring

Over the last week or so, I’ve remembered why I fell in love with this city when I first came here.

Vancouver Panorama from Stanley Park

Fourteen years after moving here, I tend to see more flaws and frustrations than awesome aspects to living here, but weeks like this – with gorgeous, warm weather and family visiting and touring around – are a good reminder to keep my attitude in check so I can enjoy the good stuff.

Blossoms in Vancouver

Yesterday, Greg and I had our first pottery class. I was so caught up in it that I didn’t take any photos (also, my hands were covered in clay), but check out the view from my wheel. Not too bad.

Pottery wheel view in Vancouver, BC.

Video: By All Means Create

Opus Art Supplies was the sponsor of the Creative Mornings talk I gave last month, and they asked me to be part of a video series they’re doing that’s inspired by something Van Gogh said:

 

“If you hear a voice within you say you cannot paint, then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”

 

Well that’s pretty much perfect, right?

Can I hear that a little louder?

I mean, come on. You want that quote tattooed on your arm, I know it.

Watch the other videos in the series here.