Sylvia Olsen Designs
SYLVIA OLSEN spent fifteen years buying and selling Cowichan sweaters from a shop behind her home on the Tsartlip Indian Reserve near Victoria, British Columbia where she learned a great deal about the Coast Salish and their famous sweaters. She also listened to the knitters’ stories of life, love, dreams, and disappointments. Drawing on this wealth of experience, and with her own stories to tell, Olsen has written a collection of essays about knitting, design, community, family, and the creation of narratives from both wool and words. Complemented by seven of Olsen’s original knitting patterns, Knitting Stories is inspiring, thought-provoking, and entertaining.
Sylvia Olsen’s Featured Products
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Fingerless Gloves Pattern$8.00
Infinity Scarf Pattern$8.00
Kit: Neekah’s Toque$25.00
Kit: Orca Toque$25.00
Kit: Salish Fusion Fulled Bag$60.00
Mirror Image Sweater Pattern$8.00
Neekah’s Knitting Needles$21.95
Olsen Family Poncho Pattern$8.00
Salish Fusion Fulled Bag Pattern$10.00
Salish Fusion Toque Pattern$8.00
Skirt in the Round Pattern$8.00
My 4 am self when the books get written I just pressed “send”. Finding Canada: Common Threads from a Cross-Country Knitting Tour is off to Audrey McClelland. She’s my brilliant editor who will scrutinize the book one more time. It’s my first travel...
With love and respect I wish you all peace and happiness during the winter holiday season. This time of year brings up all the best and sometimes not so best feelings, but it is also always an opportunity to sit back and reflect on the wonderful and crazy thing it is...
Obsession. Dedication. Pleasure. Work ethic. Passion. Drive. Inspiration. Curiosity. Greed. Motivation. Imagination. Chaos. What are your words? One of my father’s most unforgettable greetings was “Have you done anything useful today?” Don Snobelen was a manifestation...
We are doing a puzzle and it’s not even Christmas. It’s the first time in my memory that I’ve had puzzle pieces strewn across the coffee table in August…and maybe September at the rate we are going. It’s a totem pole with complicated painted designs that all look the...
You know that feeling of learning about something that you should have/could have learned years ago but didn’t…something that affects your thinking in such a profound way that you feel like Saul on the road to Damascus. That’s what happened to me last week. I’m still...
Weekly highlights: 1. My publisher brings over ten boxes of my new book for kids about knitting that have just arrived from the printer; 2. Nine volunteers for the federal Green Party attend my knitting workshop so they can knit Green Toques as a campaign fundraiser;...
It’s 4:30 am. The highway noises are dim. Tex (husband) is sleeping silently in the other room. Piper (dog) is sleeping in her kennel. My housecoat is warm. My red toenails peer at me from my feet that rest on the coffee table. My knitting is in the basket by my side....
I probably first met Odelia when she was a baby. I lived three doors up the road from Kay and Henry, her grandparents who raised her. In those days everyone walked past our house to get to the grocery store in the village of Brentwood Bay. I would have looked in her...