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handmade nation

handmade nation

listen up vancouverites:  handmade nation is coming to town! check out the western canada premier of this fantastic, and often sold out film thursday july 9th @ the rio on broadway. seriously peeps, this is an event not to be missed.  a craftivist convergence.

the doc tells the stories of a whole bunch of cool cats, including houston’s clandestine crew, knitta.  heart. them.

assuming my words may not be enough for you, check out this plug:

“Tagged as the ‘Ambassador of Handmade,’  Faythe Levine has traveled 19,000 miles to document what has emerged as a marriage between historical technique, punk culture, and the D.I.Y. (do-it-yourself) ethos.” –Raincoast Books.

get your tix now.  did i mention the 14-artist craft showcase?  and if you bring your own DIY treasure photobooth will snap your pic and post it on flickr. i mean really.  so good.

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renegade craft fairchicago + 2003 + craftivist convergence = birth of the renegade craft fair. now in its 6th year, this rock star of do-it-yourself events is one that has risen to the top of my must-experience list.   having just missed the Brooklyn gathering (*so sad*), the next possibility is July 18 & 19th in San Francisco.

crafters. they are just so cool.

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georgia viaduct

georgia viaduct

i love my city. it’s big and busy and noisy and growing like gangbusters (even in the midst of what is apparently a global recession).  these factors don’t lend themselves well to a lot of things that are important to me – like affordable places to live for everyone – but they have certainly played a role in the growth of the arts and culture scene.

as a pretty peripheral scene-type gal myself, my total go-to source is definitely Chalked Up.  the mag is fab for music, arts, food, and general indie anything.  it also act as a great aggregator of a bunch of other cool sites and even has an interactive venue guide of the city.  what else do you need to kick off another incredible west coast weekend?

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turkish drop spindle

a few weeks back i took the big plunge. i learned to spin my own wool.  well, to be clear, i started the process of learning to spin my own wool.  and friends, it’s harder than it looks.

i learned on a turkish drop spindle my best friend gave me.  i love the simplicity of its design and practicality of its use.  and the wood is delicious too.  it was made 30 km from where it was bought,  as all things should be, really.

the drop spindle class was held at my favourite vancouver wool shop, three bags full. I can’t walk into that place without walking out lighter in bills and heavier in fiber.  my plan B is to open a shop of my own one day.  or maybe it’s simply my escape fantasy of choice right now.  hard call.

this past weekend my bf ramped up all things wool and loaned me her spinning wheel. spinning wheel talk about upping the anty.  i’m a- gunna need to spend some *serious* time trying to tame that little princess.   since re-assembling said wheel, i have been nosing around the the old you-tube which has saved my knitting ass more times than i can count.  so far i think i have the basics down.  now i just have to step into the ring with the band of roving crazies they call “spinners.”

Speaking of you tube, check this out for the best interview with a spinner – by a tween – ever.

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