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Sylvia Olsen's Blog — Alberta

Museum Display

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During my stay at the Woolen Mill my historical display of Coast Salish sweaters will be displayed in the Carstairs Museum—a beautiful, vibrant and relevant place linking culture and history to current interest. Carstairs Alberta, the closest town to Custom Woolen Mills, has a population of just over 4000. It has one major grocery store, one full time and one part time second hand store, one cemetery, six churches, and one main school. By all accounts a typical little prairie town. The display begins with my small collection of old Cowichan sweater    These are two examples of the many...

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Great times in Alberta

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Paul Brandt’s lyrics in his song Alberta Bound talk about the Rocky Mountains, black fertile ground, big blue sky, coal mines, farmer’s fields, Chinook winds, redneck roots, and dusty boots. He doesn’t mention oil jacks, railroads, trestle bridges, wind farms, feed lots, friendly people and crowds of enthusiastic knitters.   But then Paul probably didn’t know about the knitters. Alberta women knit; there is no doubt about that. Barb, at Edmonton’s River City Yarns told me that 20 million American women golf and 88 million (my memory) knit—the proportion is probably greater than that in Alberta. At our first stop...

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