Sylvia Olsen

Sylvia Olsen

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SYLVIA OLSEN spent fifteen years buying and selling Cowichan sweaters from a shop behind her home on the Tsartlip Indian Reserve near Victoria, British Columbia where she learned a great deal about the Coast Salish and their famous sweaters. She also listened to the knitters’ stories of life, love, dreams, and disappointments. Drawing on this wealth of experience, and with her own stories to tell, Olsen has written a collection of essays about knitting, design, community, family, and the creation of narratives from both wool and words. Complemented by seven of Olsen’s original knitting patterns, Knitting Stories is inspiring, thought-provoking, and entertaining.

The print edition of Knitting Stories is available directly from the publisher here.

original designs

Salish Fusion Fulled Bag
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Prairie Wool Mittens
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Zigzag Mitts
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Infinity Scarf
Knitting Stories
Two Toques
Knitting Stories
Skirt in the Round
Knitting Stories
Fingerless Gloves
Knitting Stories
Yetsa's Bolero
Knitting Stories