I was downtown with kids in tow, when I got a brilliant idea to stop by The Loop and check if they have a pretty lilac yarn for another purple hat pattern I am
still struggling with working on. (I am not particularly proud of the goat rescue operation from the hands of a three-year old aggressor at the end of our visit, but that’s a topic for another story.) Anywho, I mentioned to Morgan that I am trying to write more about local knitting happenings and she told me about the workshop for visitors from a cruise ship.
So, on the day the cruise ship came in, they closed the store for a few hours and had a little thrummed mitten party. I don’t know about you but learning a new knitting technique while being photographed by a random person is not my favourite morning activity. So not to bother anyone, I came in at the very end and surely missed some really good stuff.
However, it is reasonable to suspect that the workshop was successful because most mittens in progress looked like that one, with a few rounds of thrums.
Most knitters looked like Barb Worden, surrounded by colourful roving and deeply concentrated.
Most fingers will experience this after a pair of mittens is finished. So soft, warm, and pretty, and local to Maritimes. A quick look around Internet revealed that thrummed mittens originated in Newfoundland and Labrador but every respectful gift store that carries handknit gifts in Halifax will have thrummed mittens.
These are three lovely knitters I had a chance to chat with. Left to right, Cathie Brayley from Toronto, Amy Blake-Baldwin from Boston, and Barb Worden from London, ON came to Halifax on Carnival Glory for their Sheep Ahoy! knitting cruise. While I was hanging out with them taking pictures, three important questions were discussed: 1. How to measure yarn to make sure you have enough for a long tail cast on. 2. How to cast on for the next workshop project. 3. Mimi is great (although the latter wasn’t really a question).
Feeling the need to connect and participate in this exciting conversation, I let everyone know that I, too, made a pair of thrummed mittens in burgundy and cream. Because it wasn’t an Important Question, I decided to add that the whole kit was produced locally (starting from local sheep) which, we agreed, was nice.
Amy was asking how to make a thumb smaller, which Mimi answered to the full extent.
The next workshop was on Bermuda shawl by Ilga Leja. Just days ago I learned that Bermuda was her hottest design on Ravelry from Ilga herself during the Port of Stitches retreat. A new group of enthusiastic knitters was coming through the door.