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

  1. Caroline/sajona says:

    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 says:

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

  3. Colleen says:

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

  4. Ivan Colla says:

    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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