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A preview of the road trip

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Driving from Victoria to St John’s was one thing. Driving north to NWT and the Yukon just didn’t fit into the schedule. Our country is too big for a six-week road trip. Thanks to the librarians in Fort Smith and Hay River I was on a book tour last week and was able to fit in a knitting stop. It was like an hors d’oeuvre to what is shaping up to be an amazing banquet of knitting experiences.  Thank you Rosie Wallington for a great dinner of slow cooked caribou and homegrown carrots, and for a gathering of knitters. Later...

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Learn a cool new colourwork technique

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Knitting has taken a bad rap over the years. It was what grannies did with gaudy yarn and then gifted to their grandchildren. Who hasn’t bit their tongue and said, “Granny I love it,” and then secretly wondered where you were going to hide it. When I was in Los Angeles a few years ago I met a man in the hotel who asked what I was doing in his city. “I’m presenting at the knitting conference,” I said. He looked shocked. “You don’t look like a knitter,” he said. I knew he meant it as a compliment, but in...

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The Oldest Sweater

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When Rodger Moore from Veregin Saskatchewan heard about the Great Canadian Knitting Tour he suggested I find the oldest sweater in the country. Good idea, I thought, but I think I already know where the oldest sweater is. So here is my challenge to you. Does anyone have an older sweater than this early version of the Cowichan?

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Test Driving the Knitting Tour in Prince George

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         The perfect preview of things to come. We haven’t even started the tour yet and I think I have found the perfect combination—in Prince George. Imagine. Owen Lubber’s Books & Company and Café Voltaire share street level with stacks of books at one end and tables full of people playing chess, reading, eating, studying and visiting at the other. When I couldn’t find a seat I was invited to sit down by two women playing Bananagram, (I’m going to buy that game). The piano in the corner is ready for Friday nights and any other time...

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Sweaters and Beyond

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I'm looking for old Cowichan and Cowichan-esque sweaters that need a home. I intend to put on a show of sweaters in honour of Coast Salish knitters and knitters everywhere. The idea got started when my publisher, Diane Morris from Sono Nis, and I put together a sweater display for the launch of my book Working With Wool.

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