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I’m back and this time I’m committed to keeping up my knitting blog. I apologize because last time when I tried to start this blog I let several large writing projects get in the way, which I’m pleased to say culminated in me finishing two books. They are done now and off to the printer! A big shout out to Diane Morris and the team at Sono Nis Press for the amazing support.

Knitting Stories: Personal Essays and Seven Coast Salish-inspired Knitting Patterns is my first try at publishing my patterns—a whole new thing for me but expect more to come. It has seventeen short essays where I share some of the things I have thought about over the past fifty years that I have been knitting. The book is being shipped as I write this post and I can’t wait to find a box at my door. The photos in this post are from the patterns in the book. Thanks to Peter Lawrence from Joshua Lawrence Photography for his beautiful shots.

Life Cycle of a Lie (Young Adult fiction) is my latest novel for teens and adults. It will be here in a few weeks—more on that another time.

I got a kick of enthusiasm about this blog because I taught two sold out classes on Coast Salish colourwork at Knit Fit in Seattle—thanks to Sasa Foster and her team for an amazing weekend. In the classes we sat together and talked about Cowichan knitting and the unique techniques that make the sweaters so special. After three hours almost everyone had a good sense of the difference between west coast colourwork and other traditional techniques and many of the participants mastered the art and fun of over and under, over and under, over and under. Even a few people were convinced that it’s the best way to replace stranding when you want that lovely pebbled look on the back of your garment and to avoid catching your rings and fingers in the strands.

The trade show had many stalls with loads of beautiful yarn—I wanted to bring home some of each, but I’m the sort of person who has to finish what she starts so I’ve learned not to start as many projects as I used to (still learning).

Veronika and Danny from YOTH Yarns generously gave me yarn support for my current sweater in the making, my latest design and I can’t wait to use their Big Sister weight Merino/Cashmere/Nylon blend. I’ll let you know how it goes. Thank you thank you, Yoth, for your generosity.

I have just realized, friends, that I could go on talking/writing/blogging about knitting for hours, but I have to get to work. Until next time…

By the way, if you are interested in my latest books they are available at SonoNis Press.


Daughter, Joni, Fingerless Gloves

Granddaughter, Yetsa, Bolero

Daughter, Heather, Infiniti Scarf

Yours truly, Sylvia, skirt

Thanks to Susanne Richmond for sharing her knitting class project.


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