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Denman Island, British Columbia, Canada
Jean Cockburn retired from her professional career as an academic librarian in 2008 to become a textile artist living on Denman Island, British Columbia. She draws, quilts, embroiders, knits and crochets, makes wearable art, weaves baskets, dyes fabric, and paints watercolours. Her work has been exhibited locally in juried and group shows on Denman Island, in Courtenay, Comox, and Duncan on Vancouver Island, in West Vancouver, and across Canada with the Surface Design Association.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

And now for some blue knitting . . .

I have been working at full creative tilt all autumn, what with my North Island College drawing class, my submissions to the Ferry Building Gallery, and making zakka items for the Denman Island Christmas Craft Fair.
Now I can relax, as I have the privilege of having a piece chosen for the Ferry Building Gallery show, the Craft Fair is done and was a success, and my portfolio is complete for my drawing class. I have the final push of drawing my large independent drawing for final evaluation at the final art class on Tuesday, but I have completed the preliminary drawings in my sketchbook, so I feel that I can proceed with that over the weekend.
So what do I do with my new found leisure? Knitting - my first love and still the craft that I turn to again and again. My hands are starting to get a little creaky, so I thought that a pair of fingerless gloves would be nice to have. The silk and wool yarn, hand spun and dyed with indigo by Cedar Wallace of Hornby Island, was a delight to knit. The reading mitts were a fast but beautiful and satisfying project. You can find the free pattern here http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/susie-rogers-reading-mitts .

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