I told my friend Marielle that I would do a post with some of my photos from the Cowichan Cultural Center… err, Centre (Canada) over a month ago. (If you would like to read more about the development of the Cowichan Sweater, the Wikipedia article is useful.)

The Cowichan started knitting right after sheep were introduced to Vancouver Island. The available sheep had downy coats with short wool, and they spun it into what we would now consider a bulky yarn. Though the Wiki only mentions knitting with the wool, at the museum they also mentioned goat and dog furs.

A flyer from a spinning wheel made from a foot-treadled sewing machine. Since Mike's hands are bigger than mine I asked him to put one in the photo for context.

I was sure I had a photo of the orifice, but I suddenly can’t find it. But trust me, it was large. You can see someone spinning on this type of wheel and the hugeness of the orifice here.

Most Cowichan knitters start with smaller projects like mittens and socks. Here you can see samples of some of the smaller projects. You’ll notice that everything is worked in a natural color yarn.

There would be the warmest socks ever.

While those pieces are beautiful, the items that really put Cowichan knitting on the map are the sweaters. Either pullovers or cardigans, they feature Fair Isle designs in natural colors. They are traditionally knit on eight double point needles, and feature a shawl collar. Here is my best photo of part of the sweater collection at the museum.

They are truly stunning. I found myself staring at them and admiring them the same way I look at at VanGogh.





See how open it is?


It sort of collapses on itself.

Next time I model a bag I put stuff in it. I make movies. I should have known this.

The pattern is Lucy by Three Old Bags. The yarn is Cascade 220. Here’s the project page on Ravelry.

Not only do I have a new bag, but I finally got to do this:

I crossed something off!!!

{ 1 comment }

Surprise, it’s a hat!

March 24, 2011

Some of are of the ilk where we clean up for company by throwing things into a box to get things looking good. Some of married people of that ilk. This approach has it’s pluses and minuses, and I’ll say no more of that right now. But sometimes there are fun surprises. Tuesday I opened […]

Read the full article →

Malabrigo madness, indeed

March 21, 2010

I should really unsubscribe from almost all mailing lists I’m on, but especially the newsletters from yarn stores and digital scrapbooking stores. Double especially from yarn stores, in fact.  A little over a week ago Blazing Needles sent out an e-mail saying that they were having a Malabrigo Madness event. Meaning that they had gotten […]

Read the full article →

St Patrick's Cardigan

March 17, 2010

I am not very good about holidays since I got married. We have Valentine’s alternatives, Mike’s not that into Christmas (though he will play along nicely when asked), Halloween feels like too much pressure, and Easter hasn’t gotten it’s due since my mom’s side of the family got too big to have everyone over in […]

Read the full article →