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A short history of Coast Salish knitting told through the sweaters that made it famous.

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The title is a mouthful but a lot has been written about the Cowichan…Indian…Coast Salish sweater and I want to show the story so people can read the sweaters as well as the words that I write about them. The tangible, visual objects themselves have so much to tell knitters, history buffs and people who are interested in the currently topical issue of cultural appropriation. The sweaters are ambassadors. They are threads between cultures. If we look hard at them they show us about the things we share, the things we love, the things we have in common. I love them...

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Ontario is a big province

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It seems like weeks ago that we were driving across the north end of Lake Superior. The lake still had ice in many places and when we bought a blueberry pie in Rossport and dipped our toes in the lake we were told that the water temperature was 35 degrees.   By the time we got to Huntsville it was sunny and warm. When I tested the water in Mary Lake it felt warm enough for a swim. In Ottawa it was muggy, 26 degrees and felt like the middle of summer. We drove the 401 with a million transports, lined...

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