Knitting & Wool Learning Day (March 22, 2014)

Note:  Sylvia Olsen is returning to teach another knitting class in February, 2015 (see here)


TEACHER(S):   Visiting Teachers Joni and Sylvia Olsen (Tsartlip Nation), from Salish Fusion Coast Salish Knits (

DATE/TIME:   Saturday, March 22, 2014, 10:00 am to 12:30 and 1:00 to 3:00 pm (or whatever part of schedule you can attend – see below)

LOCATION:   Pender Community Hall, 4418 Bedwell Harbour Rd, Pender Island, BC

space and materials may be limited.  Please contact  Zorah Staar,, 250-629-3825 (questions welcome!)

OPEN TO:  Adults, youth (10 to 18), & children under 10 if supervised by an adult.  Learning together upstairs, with beginners/children separately down in Lounge at times.

CLASS FEES:   $10/adult, $5 per youth (suggested donation at door), children under 10 free (must be supervised by an adult).  Attendance also free if you help with set-up, clean-up, or other tasks.  Additional materials costs apply to afternoon Master Class (see below)

WHAT TO BRING & DO IN ADVANCE:   Please bring water, lunch, knitting needles and wool/yarn (check re: beautiful local wool, try Nu-To-Yu, & tell us if you need to borrow needles).  Beginners: here’s a basic SINGLE NEEDLE casting on and starting-to-knit video:  Also, here’s a version of DOUBLE NEEDLE casting on, similar to the Olsens:

CLASS DETAILS:   Knitting & Wool Learning Day, proposed FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE…

10:00 am:   Opening sharing & teaching by Joni, Adam & Sylvia Olsen (all together upstairs)

10:30 am:   1st round of knitting lessons (experienced folks upstairs, beginners in Lounge)

11:30 am:   Historical/Cultural slide presentation and discussion (including knitting as an ancient & international art, innovations such as machines, and knitting and wool as sustainable enterprises)

12:30 pm:   Lunch break (please bring your own) & informal sharing among knitters

1:00 pm:   2nd round of knitting lessons (experienced folks upstairs, beginners in Lounge)

2:00 to 3:00 pm:   Master Class, Coast Salish Colourwork & Knitting in the Round.  Project: fingerless gloves, $12 materials cost, bring double-pointed needles, size 6 or 6.5.  Everyone, please also pre-register ASAP (saying which parts of the day you plan to attend).  Thanks!


How to Knit – The Basics (
About the Olsens (
Salish Fusion finely crafted Coast Salish Knits (
See also pictures below of Joni, Adam and Sylvia Olsen, and a few of their creations!

Knitting Teacher Joni Olsen, in a Coast Salish-inspired poncho

Knitting Joni Olsen in Salish Fusion Poncho

Sylvia Olsen, Teacher, Knitter, Mom, GrandMom & more!

Sylvia Olsen