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  • Publisher: Boulder Books
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 17 June 2020
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781775234586
  • Stock: 40 in stock
  • Size: 229x191 mm
  • Illustrations: 256
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: £24.99
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Saltwater Mittens from the Island of Newfoundland

£24.99

More than 20 heritage designs to knit by Christine LeGrow & Shirley A. Scott

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Book Description

Woollen mittens have long been a Newfoundlander’s best friend. The warmer the better. In a quirky climate of freeze, thaw, blow, and drizzle, good mittens made all tasks easier — to split birch, hammer a nail, gut a fish, draw and haul water, hang clothes on a line, shoot a seabird, or snare a rabbit. Social life, too, always required the finest mittens and gloves. This continues today.

These mittens are as practical as they are beautiful — double-knit with two colours means twice the warmth and wind resistance. The patterns are rated by difficulty and varied in style, including trigger mitts, wristers, five-finger mittens (a.k.a. gloves), fingerless mitts for wee ones, and, of course, classic mittens for all.

The dozens of colour photographs will inspire you to make your own bold colour choices. The nuggets of history, and tales of mittens and their knitters, make Saltwater Mittens a book knitters and non-knitters alike can enjoy.

Winner of the 2019 Best Atlantic Published Book Award.

About the Author

About Christine LeGrow

Christine LeGrow of Spindrift Handknits and Shirley A. Scott (“Shirl the Purl”) have collected and studied mittens from across Newfoundland for the past 40 years. Recognizing the value of these artifacts, they have expertly and painstakingly recreated heritage patterns for today’s knitter. Their first book in the Saltwater Knits series, Saltwater Mittens from the Island of Newfoundland, is a Canadian bestseller and won the Best Atlantic Published Book Award in 2019.

About Shirley A. Scott

Christine LeGrow of Spindrift Handknits and Shirley A. Scott (“Shirl the Purl”) have collected and studied mittens from across Newfoundland for the past 40 years. Recognizing the value of these artifacts, they have expertly and painstakingly recreated heritage patterns for today’s knitter. Their first book in the Saltwater Knits series, Saltwater Mittens from the Island of Newfoundland, is a Canadian bestseller and won the Best Atlantic Published Book Award in 2019.

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SlipKnot - Issue 169

'From the island of Newfoundland' says the cover of Saltwater Mittens and that was enough for me to fall in love with this book and it's companions. 

As a fan of anywhere remote, wet and cold, and therefore with knitting in wool, Newfoundland fits the bill!

These books showcase patterned functional knitting from this remote province of Canada. The array of mittens and gloves in Saltwater Mittens charmed me instantly and the second book with socks and hats is just as attractive. The third, recently published and perhaps in time for Christmas giving or receiving, is Saltwater Gifts, which extends the range. This includes a hot-water bottle cover, tea cosy and gloves and dog bandana matching set alongside sturdy gloves, mitts, hats and socks.

All three books include knotting history, stories, patterns and photographs. All are by Christine LeGrow and Shirey A Scott ('Shirl the Purl') who have been researching and collecting Newfoundland mittens 'for the past 40 years' and this depth of knowledge, alongside yarn and knitting know-how is evident.

The books are enhanced by wonderful photographs of knitted pieces, both displayed flat and being worn. Pictures of the Newfoundland landscape put the knits in context.

From a knitting point of view there is plenty of support for how to get going with these items, many of them being knitted on 4mm needles in the round with wool that approximates to UK double-knitting weight. The authors also suggest that oddments can be used and there are small sizes for babies and toddlers.

These books are both fun, informative and important, documenting crafts and stories that might otherwise have been forgotten. Their significance is shown by the fact that both the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and the national Government of Canada have given financial support to their publishing.

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