Many knitters that I talk with say that summer is too hot for them to knit.  For me, knitting is a summertime activity.  The long car drives through the beautiful Nova Scotia landscape give me time to absorb the beauty and vitality of the places through which we travel.  They also give me time to knit items to donate to Fall and Winter sales and my Church’ s Knitting Tree . It is easy to whip up a small pair of mitts or some fingerless (texting) mitts or the ever-useful knitted dishcloth.

This year, a trip to the Annapolis Valley in June set me off in a different direction with my knitting.  We stopped at the Avonport  Discount  Centre ( where I found a skein of Briggs and Littles hand painted “Softspun” yarn in shades of purple, blues, and turquoise; it cried out to be knitted into a pair of wool mitts! 
I decided to knit a pair of “Fiesta Mitts”, a pattern that I obtained from the Lismore Sheep Farm Wool Shop ( in River John on Nova Scotia’s North Shore.  This is a pattern that is knit double on four needles using 2 balls of wool.  I found the second ball of wool, a natural cream skein of MacAuslands 100% Maritime Wool, in the Annapolis Valley at Gaspereau Valley Fibres ( 
There I also found a skein of turquoise, purple and green  100% Maritime Wool which had been hand dyed in Nova Scotia and a delightful pattern for “Manda’s Maritime Hat”.  I even picked up some wonderful wood knitting needles; they make knitting so quiet that I can now knit at night without waking anyone up! 
With yarn, needles and patterns at hand, I found the time to knit my hat and mitts and, for once now have a hat and mitts for myself that actually match my winter coat!  The nights are getting cooler and there is no telling when I might need them.  I was sorely tempted to wear them recently when I attended an outdoor concert in Truro’s lovely Victoria Park; s
inger / songwriter Dave Gunning and guitarist / fiddler Allie Bennett played and sang for over an hour in single digit temperatures while those of us in the audience shivered and shook but refused to break up the party! Next time I won’t be too proud to take my warm hat and mitts with me!

I have a hard time deciding which type of handwork to pick up but, whether it is a type of embroidery or some knitting or some other “fancy work”, my hands are usually busy, creating something for someone to make their lives easier and more beautiful!

Sheila Stewart
Marigold Guild of Needle Arts

1 comment:

  1. Hi Sheila,
    Your hat turned out wonderful! May we have permission to use your photo on our Ravelry page for this pattern? It would just serve to show people what it looks like in another colour.


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