Saturday, September 30, 2006
Sylvia Olsen modelled some fine items of Cowichan knitting during a presentation to students from Deep Cove Elementary School. Her antics were part of the weeklong book launch of Yetsa's Sweater. May Sam, seated nearby, shared her own stories of learning to clean the fleeces, card, spin, and knit the wool during a lifetime spent working with wool. Children learned to make pom-poms in the same style that May made them when she was little. The artwork hanging in the background is by Joan Larson, the illustrator for the book. The machine peeking out from behind Sylvia is a spinner, made from a modified treadle sewing machine.