One of a Kind Show – What a Find!

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I have to admit that upon entering the One Of a Kind Show at the Vancouver Convention Centre, I felt like I had been duped.  The words ‘one of a kind’ to me say ‘I have only made one of these, and I made it by hand – I poured my heart into this thing!’.  What I saw when I walked in was booths, rows and rows of booths of things that were not one of a kind, and were made by a machine.

I did not run from the building, however.  I calmly walked beside by friend Rhiannon (who graciously offered me the ticket)  and tried to open my mind to a new definition for ‘one of a kind’. Then it wasn’t long before I met some folks who indeed fit my profile of One of a Kind artisans.

One such person was Julie Pongrac, Vancouver designer and owner of Gossamer Knitwear.  Her little patch of space in the exhibition hall was filled with gorgeous one of a kind pieces, including this pair of alpaca/cashmere  wrist warmers (excellent for knitting in my freezing cold apartment).  Rhiannon picked up a beautiful pair of berry coloured wrist warmers, knit by hand from Julie’s own handspun – truly one of a kind!

Check out the intricate crochet detailing on the leaves and edges.  She achieved this with complementary coloured cashmere that picks up the lighter shades of the alpaca.

Not only is Julie a beautiful designer, she is also a knitting design teacher.  She has experience with colour theory and is a Master Knitter, the experience necessary to help people create balanced pieces in texture, weight and colour.  I cannot wait until she has time to start up her Thursday night class again!

… and voila, me knitting in the cold apartment (not to mention a little sneak peak of friday’s FO).

If you missed the One of a Kind Show, don’t forget to mark the following events on your calendars for November:

Eastside Culture Crawl (over 300 open studios)
Friday, November 20 from 5-10pm
Saturday and Sunday, November 21 and 22 from 11am-6pm
more information at www.eastsideculturecrawl.com

and

Make It! The hand made Revolution
(90 canadian artisans and designers)
Friday, November 20th from 4-9pm
Saturday, November 21 from 11-6pm
Sunday, November 22 from 11-5pm
5$ at the Croatian Cultural Centre (3250 Commercial Drive)

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