WWW: “All About Sweaters” radio show, Updating the Cowichan sweaters, Olympic Yarnbomb update

Sweater stories, large and small.

Canada’s CBC radio featured an episode of the show “Definitely Not the Opera” all about sweaters. An hour and a half of wonderful radio about the significance of sweaters in the lives of various people around the world…. she interviews a Holocaust survivor whose sweater became a security blanket, she speaks to knitter making sweaters for penguins, and learns about the origins of the iconic Cowichan sweater. Bonus Canadiana points for a discussion about Roch Carrier’s famous children’s book, The Hockey Sweater and playing Stompin’ Tom’s song “The Hockey Sweater”. Listen to the show on the CBC radio page, or as a Podcast downloadable from iTunes.


Classic yet modern.

Once you’ve learned about the classic Cowichan sweaters, read this article about a small knitwear design company, West Saanich Woolworks, updating the Cowichan designs through fusing them with Fair Isle techniques. There’s some really lovely sweaters available for purchase – I can’t wait to see the pattern book that’s mentioned!


Cuddly, warm and GIANT!

Intrepid knitter Laura knits a “Gigantico” blanket with unspun wool roving and 1 12/ inch PVC pipe for knitting needles.

Her blog has details on the project and a fun time-elapse video of the knitting process, and she’s made the pattern/tutorial available for sale on Ravelry.


An update on the Olympic yarnbomb I mentioned last week. Sadly, over the weekend, vandals attacked the installation. The good news is that work has already begun to repair it.


Love this: a university student in the UK has been awarded a bursary to teach primary school children about knitting.


A fun little video interview from the run-up to St. Patrick’s Day: a knitting teacher talks to the muggles about Irish knitting on local TV.


A favorite cause of mine: supporting organizations who take care of and rehome dogs and cats… Battersea Dogs and Cats Home has published a pattern for a comfort blanket you can knit for a dog living in a shelter. If you’re not in the UK, knit a blanket and donate it to a shelter near you.

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5 thoughts on “WWW: “All About Sweaters” radio show, Updating the Cowichan sweaters, Olympic Yarnbomb update

  1. Caroline/sajona

    Cool about the student winning the bursery – that is my old degree course :) Nottingham Trent is the best knitwear course in the world really!

  2. Anna

    My inner geek loves that we call non-knitters “muggles.” Especially because, in the 1920s, the word was used to describe pot.

  3. Colleen

    Hey Kate,
    Did you notice that Ottawa yesterday recognised the Cowichan sweater as a first nation item of National Historic Significance?

  4. Ivan Colla

    Hi, I’ve been a lurker around your blog for a few months. I love this article and your entire site! Looking forward to reading more!

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