Monday, June 1, 2015

Coast Salish/Cowichan Knitting Workshop

Last Friday (May 29th), I had the chance to attend author/knitting expert Sylvia Olsen's Great Canadian Knitting Tour workshop in my area. In this tour, she discusses the history of Coast Salish knitting, in particular the Cowichan sweater tradition.

Guys, I was really lucky to get in this workshop. I was on the wait list because the class was full. Fortunately, the yarn shop (Creative Yarns) was able to hold another one because too many wanted to do the class...yay!

To see these authentic Cowichan items was just great, and Ms. Olsen is such a great story teller. If you have the opportunity to go see her, I highly recommend it:)


The workshop included a toque kit (yarns and pattern), because we were also taught how to knit the way Coast Salish knitters do. So different from the traditional colour work style of Fair Isle/Intarsia knitting....


This dress was awesome outside AND inside.




There was a draw for prizes that the yarn owner (Nina) did. She's so nice.
 And me with me Sylvia Olsen:D
 I had her sign the books I bought, and I also bought a fingerless mitts kit (which I've started already).

This is the finished hat from the workshop:)
What it looks like inside. I haven't perfected the technique, but still happy with how it turned out:D

Here is the video that made me want to know more about Coast Salish knitting. I truly believe every Canadian should know this story, as it is a very important part of the country's First Nations history.

Have you attended a workshop like this?

27 comments:

  1. Oh wow this looks like so much fun Emmy! It's so great to be in a room full of people who are all passionate about the same thing as you x

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  2. this truly fascinates me--i had no idea about things like this!

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  3. I wish I could knit. I'd knit myself a ginormous wardrobe full of funky knits.

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  4. It's nice that they could hold another one, I know this is so important for you. I always enjoy seeing the results of your knitting too. x/Madison
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  5. It's awesome you were able to get into this class off the waitlist Emmy! Sounds like you learned alot from Sylvia and your hat came out great!

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  6. Oh wow, that is amazing that you were able to attend!
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  7. Those patterns are really cool! I haven't done a workshop in a while, but I go to cooking class once a month. Next one's this friday, looking forward to it (mostly the eating part :-)!

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  8. This must have been so much fun for you! Thanks for sharing, dear.

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  9. Wow, amazing pictures :) Looks like a lot of fun

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  10. That was so cool Emmy, that you got in the class. I want that dress and that was awesome she signed your books. What a great experience!
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  11. Sounds like it was an amazing workshop! I love the hat you created...the pattern is beautiful!

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  12. Love, love and love! This is so wonderful that you are having a creative moment and learning some pretty incredible history. This is some really beautiful artwork.

    I love her red clogs! I am going to watch the vid with my kids.

    Thanks.

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  13. I never understood how the first knitting person figured out how to do it from scratch. I've seen the how-tos, and they make my brain hurt

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  14. Fantastic post! Very lovely photos too. Happy Wednesday dear! :)

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  15. Ah I can see from that big grin that you had a wonderful time! Love your hair color
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  16. Cool hat!
    Keep up the good job ;)

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  17. What a cool workshop! The hat is beautiful!

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  18. My dear Emmy, you must have had the greatest time! I can't wai to see what you have learnt! Have a great day doll!! Baci,
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  19. So cute and creative!
    Have a great day!
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  20. Fantastic post dear! Hope you have a lovely day.

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  21. Those items are beaaaautiful! Looks like a very rewarding workshop. I've gotta learn to knit one day!

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  22. Looks like so much fun and I have always wished I could knit and sew.

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  23. Sounds like a great workshop and your hat is awesome!

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  24. I wasn't sure what salish knitting was (not that I'm studious in the topic period) but it is so awesome to learn this about Canada. I can't watch the video right now (laptop battery is dangerously low and plug is nowhere in sight, naturally) but I am so on it tomorrow morning. Thanks for introducing me to this knitting world I was unaware existed.

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  25. So beautiful and amazing! This winter I really hope to graduate to using more finer organic yarns and fiber and make sweater and more intricate patterns. I feel like I have so much more to learn and hopefully I'll get to a level where I feel more confident!

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  26. I am so jealous! Thanks for taking so many photos...

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