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  

Prairie Wool Mittens
Sylvia Olsen's Ravelry Store
Zigzag Mitts
Sylvia Olsen's Ravelry Store
Salish Toque
Sylvia Olsen's Ravelry Store
Two Toques
Knitting Stories: Personal Essays and Seven Coast Salish-inspired Knitting Patterns
The Olsen Family Poncho
Knitting Stories: Personal Essays and Seven Coast Salish-inspired Knitting Patterns
Skirt in the Round
Knitting Stories: Personal Essays and Seven Coast Salish-inspired Knitting Patterns
Women's Mirror-Image Sweater
Knitting Stories: Personal Essays and Seven Coast Salish-inspired Knitting Patterns
Fingerless Gloves
Knitting Stories: Personal Essays and Seven Coast Salish-inspired Knitting Patterns
Yetsa's Bolero
Knitting Stories: Personal Essays and Seven Coast Salish-inspired Knitting Patterns
Infinity Scarf
Knitting Stories: Personal Essays and Seven Coast Salish-inspired Knitting Patterns
Salish Fusion Fingerless Gloves & Toque
Knitting Traditions, Spring 2014