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Time to turn stitches into votes

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Making our final blankets--seriously random The Green knitters are winding down. It isn’t easy to get them to stop. Knitters love nothing more than making something that people want…that people can’t get enough of…that makes money…for a good cause. But like one woman said the other day, “It’s time now to turn the stitches into votes for Adam.”    That got me thinking, “How many stitches did we make?” Putting all the hats, headbands, scarves and blankets together my rough and very conservative estimate is…are you ready? 800,000 stitches!!!! There were more than 20 of us. Some knit a lot....

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The Green Knitters emerge!

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Niu Savea, our friend and tenant I used to say don’t mix politics with knitting but now I’m breaking all my own rules. The Green Knitters are up and running. On Wednesday night, August 18th, the first twelve enthusiastic knitters got together to knit Adam’s way into the legislature for Saanich North and the Islands. We are going to make toques and headbands as a fundraising project but also as a way to get women together to talk, to plan, to ... …and we know that when women gather stuff happens. In the past knitting and politics; knitting and social...

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Don't mix your knitting with your politics

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  But do you see a theme in the photos in this post? Three generations of Trudeaus in Cowichan sweaters. Pierre wore his sweater in this 1981 Christmas card photo. It’s only one of several pictures I’ve seen of him in his sweater. The part of this I like so much is that his sweater is not new. His wardrobe people didn’t choose something for him for this widely distributed photo. Pierre reached into his closet for something comfortable, something Canadian, something he loved—of course it would be his reliable old Cowichan sweater. We were so impressed by his choice...

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Sweaters are a family affair

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Knitting and sweater stories are often about families and my story is no different. My Auntie Freda taught me to knit when I was about 12. My mother-in-law Laura Olsen taught me about the hard work of making wool and knitting to pay the bills and feed the kids. My (then) husband Carl and I operated Mt. Newton Indian Sweaters for 15 years or so. And now I help my kids Adam and Joni, in the family business, Salish Fusion. I’ve already told you about our amazing road-trip team—Diane Morriss and Sono Nis Press did the organization for the workshops...

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The launch and beyond

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  I have started this post five or six times trying to get the right way to describe the last four days. How do I describe a knitting tour? Should I start with the people at the workshops? Women; they have been all women except for two, Walter Qwan, at the launch, and, Ryan, the shop teacher from Cowichan High School, broke the trend. The participants were all ages although we haven’t had the very young; I’m hoping to find them in the schools and connect with them later.   Maybe I should begin with the enthusiasm. These are people...

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