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Knitting Stories: Personal Essays and Seven Coast Salish–inspired Knitting Patterns

By Sylvia Olsen

“Stitches are my second language.”

Ask Sylvia Olsen—author, knitter and expert on the
world-famous Cowichan sweaters—whether there’s any
more to be said about knitting, and her answer is a
resounding “Yes! Of course, yes. Knitting stories are as
varied as the things we knit and, like all good stories, they
tell us about ourselves and what it means to be a human
being. We will never grow tired of stories like that.”

In Knitting Stories, Sylvia’s storytelling talents are in
full evidence as she shares her musings and insights about
knitting, design, community, family and the creation of
narratives from both wool and words. Full of delightful
personal anecdotes, this collection of essays also reflects
on the author’s knowledge of, and experience with,
creating and marketing traditional Cowichan sweaters.
She also describes her more recent forays into Salish
fusion designs.

Knitters will love the gorgeous examples of Olsen’s
work, stunningly photographed by Joshua Lawrence Studio.

Seven original patterns are included for items including a
snuggly infinity scarf, bolero, sweater, skirt, toque, poncho and fingerless gloves. Readers can learn how Margaret Atwood came
to own a pair of Sylvia’s gloves in the essay titled Am I
Knitting Stories or Writing Sweaters
? and then pick up
needles and wool to make a pair by following the instructions
provided.

These essays and knitting patterns are, by turn, inspiring,
thought-provoking and entertaining. Like the knitted
items themselves, the stories collected here are warm and
reassuring—products of a generous spirit that are timeless,
beautiful and perfect for sharing.

NON-FICTION/ESSAYS • 148 pp • 8.5 x 9.5 •
ISBN 978-1-55039-232-6 • paper • $28.95
November 2014
Also available as an ebook

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For more on Cowichan sweaters, see Sylvia Olsen's other books, Working with Wool and Yetsa's Sweater

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