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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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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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