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Sylvia Olsen's Blog — Justin Trudeau

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

Posted by Sylvia Olsen on

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 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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A Sweater for Justin Trudeau

Posted by Adam Olsen on

In the early 1980's when Pierre Elliot Trudeau was Canada's Prime Minister, his Christmas card featured his sons, (including Justin, current Member of Parliament and candidate for the leader of Liberal Party of Canada) and Pierre in a traditional Cowichan sweater.

There is a long history of gifting sweaters to politicians, foreign dignitaries and Hollywood stars, Trudeau was not the first Canadian Prime Minister to wear one and we wanted to ensure his son, who is attempting to follow in his footsteps as party leader and Prime Minister, also had a sweater.

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