The Cowichan Sweater
Contest, History & My Childhood
“In my world the Cowichan Valley was and still is the Cowichan Sweater Centre of the Universe.”
For us here at ehCanadaTravel.com the Cowichan Sweater is a great symbolic contest to start off the 2015 tourism, travel and adventure season with!
The Cowichan Sweater is an iconic piece of clothing for some of us who grew up on the west coast of Canada. It is a piece of clothing which holds a good story. It is a symbol of my childhood. It is part of my history. It is an item I would have to include in any time capsule I put together.
The Cowichan Sweater has been keeping me warm and comfy for many years of my life. It has been with me on adventures from mountain tops to sea level, from grasslands to coulees, from forest floors to flower valleys, from rivers to lakes to 3 oceans – the Pacific Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean and the Arctic Ocean too. Coast to coast to coast me and my Cowichan Sweater have had a close, warm and long lasting relationship.
So here we are today running a Cowichan-style Sweater Contest on our Facebook page that we are calling, “WIN a Canadian Hand Knitted World Renown Cowichan-style Sweater”. I know right? A big mouth full. But what a prize! Our winning sweater has a never-been-seen-before Maple Leaf theme created from a one-of-a-kind design exclusively from ehCanadaTravel.com. We are calling it a Cowichan-style Sweater because it is made from Roving Pure Wool which looks and acts a lot like Cowichan wool but it is not Cowichan Wool. Most would not know the difference.
This sweater just might be what the doctor ordered for you, your Golden Ticket, just in time for your next great spring adventure in Canada. Enter to WIN once a day from February 5th, 2015 to March 5th, 2015 on our eh Canada Travel Facebook Page. Good Luck! Now back to the story.
Ever since I can remember growing up… Mom would always make sure we had a Cowichan Sweater. Many kids growing up had a security blanket, stuffed animal or a favourite toy. In our household we did too, I guess? But none had the same impact on me as my Cowichan Sweater. I do not remember any of those fairy tale favourites as much as I remember growing up warm in my Cowichan.
When I was young I hit the jackpot when it comes to Cowichan Sweater luck. I had a Mom who could knit the socks off anyone, who could crochet up a storm and who could macrame any knot into a frenzy She was an all out artist running her own craft store in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada called the “Spinning Wheel Yarns & Gifts”.
In my world the Cowichan Valley was and still is the Cowichan Sweater Centre of the Universe. From what I have learned the Cowichan Sweater originated from the First Nation people of the Cowichan Valley. A wonderful people. A talented people. A beautiful people. A misunderstood people during my childhood and, in many cases, still to this day.
Before there was electric heating, warm houses and concrete conveniences the First Nation people lived a, largely, outdoor life. Most people would call it “roughing it”. It was a life exposed to the sometimes wet, windy and cold seasonal elements found on the west coast of Canada. The Cowichan Sweater, then and now, was well known for keeping people warm and dry.
The “Real McCoy” Cowichan Sweaters are knitted by Canada’s West Coast Salish First Nation people in the Cowichan Valley. They use wool straight from the sheep. The yarn is un-dyed, un-bleached and, basically pure virgin wool straight off a sheep’s back. A special wool that is hard to come by in these times.
The West Coast Salish First Nation people are the only ones who can honestly say they produce the Cowichan Sweater. We, here at ehCanadaTravel.com, cannot make that claim nor do we want to in respect of the First Nation people. What we are clearly saying is that we are offering a “Canadian Hand Knitted World Renown Cowichan-style Sweater” made from Roving Pure Wool.
We are proud to offer you this chance to WIN a Maple Leaf theme, never seen before, one-of-a kind Canadian Made almost Cowichan Sweater worth about $350 Canadian.
Enter today. Enter every day. You cannot win if you do not play. Sort of the same attitude we use when it comes to work and to exploring the outdoors, adventures and Canada.
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