Another Coast Salish Knitting Class

Following our 2014 Knitting Learning Day, now Sylvia Olsen of the Tsartlip First Nation is offering another traditional Coast Salish knitting class!   This is on Saturday, February 28, 2015, when Sylvia is coming to Pender to introduce her new book “Knitting Stories” – “a gorgeous book of personal essays, with seven Coast Salish-inspired Knitting Patterns.”

The book release is at 2:00 pm at the Community Hall (all welcome, free event).  However, the Knitting Class is earlier at Talisman Books from 10:00 am to about 1:00 pm (cost $25, including materials).  The class is called “Traditional Coast Salish Colourwork Techniques – Make your own West-Coast Toque” and here’s Sylvia’s description:

Coast Salish colourwork is a unique combination of animal motifs and geometric designs.  Learn how to weave two colours into every stitch and achieve the elasticity and interior beauty found in Cowichan knitting.  Sylvia will teach based on traditional knitting methods (including throwing the yarn), and talk about other unique techniques of Cowichan knitting.  She can also go further with colourwork for those interested.  The main class level is intermediate, but other levels can come learn.  Please bring US #10/6mm double pointed needles.  The included materials are a toque knitting kit, with a pattern and west coast lopi-weight wool in natural Cowichan colours.”  PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED, by email to or by seeing Melanie at Talisman.  Thanks!

a Knitting Stories book image

January 16, 2015