If you don't know much about Cowichan or Coast Salish sweaters, here are a few links:
They are the sweaters that were part of the 2010 Olympic scandal (since the olympics crew used the cowichan designs for official sweaters, but then sent them off to be manufactured in China rather than by the Cowichan and salish knitters)
Typically, the sweaters are knitted using three colours of natural undyed wool (just the colour of those sheep: white, black and grey). Lately, little shots of colour have been appearing there too!
|My new sweater, knitted by May Sam|
May Sam (one of the elders over at the First Peoples' House on campus) agreed to do it for me. We talk about the possible patterns (i.e. whales, eagles). I asked her what she was enjoying knitting these days, and she said she had just done a few sweaters with a Bear pattern that her nephew had made for her.
|my sweater, ... and kiwi looking for ball under sofa|
|the matching 'bear' tocque|
|now THIS is a pom-pom!|
May says she teaches a workshop on pompom making. I think i might have to sign up!
Anyways, it arrived on Steve and my anniversary (27 years?!), so it was a perfect gift to myself.
Here are some photos of me modelling it! Note the bear paw prints on the front. Given all the writing I have done about nursing mothers, I find it absolutely amusing to refer to this as my 'bear-breasted-sweater'
|My 'Bear-Breasted' sweater!|