Saltwater Mitten Knit-A-Long

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Saltwater Mitten Knit-A-Long


We’re totally taken with trigger mittens and we want to spread the love. How about you? All you need is a copy of the book: Saltwater Mittens, a little yarn and some needles.


What It's All About

“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.”

We think the same can be said for all of us living in Canada. And we’re thrilled that Christine Legrow and Shirley A. Scott have written a beautiful book on mittens from Newfoundland: Saltwater Mittens. So thrilled, we thought it would be fun to host a Knit-A-Long (KAL) at River City Yarns for the month of March. Come and join us! You don’t have to be an experienced knitter. All you need is a copy of the Saltwater Mittens book, some yarn and some needles and the desire to work on something uniquely Canadian. Cynthia will be on hand to offer support, technical advice and coaching. We love the idea of reviving a knitting tradition that is practical and colourful and spreading the word (and talent) from coast to coast to coast.

We’ve set aside four Thursday evenings in March for this KAL. You can come to one, two, three or all four. We request an RSVP (register for free) so we know how many chairs to put out.

Want to know more? Listen/read this CBC coverage of how “Newfoundland knitters rescue trigger mittens from extinction”. (December, 2018)

Skill Level

Novice and experienced knitters alike are welcome! It’s helpful to know how to knit and purl, cast on and perform some increases and decreases. If this is your first mitten experience, Cynthia will be happy to help you cast on for knitting in the round.

Please bring:

  • your copy of Saltwater Mittens, some yarn and some needles for knitting in the round.

Other important info that you should know about...

  • You have to pay the registration fee in advance to hold your seat. You can pay online or call the store at 780-477-9276 to make a payment over the phone.

  • This workshop may be held on our mezzanine level which is roomy but only accessible by stairs. If you have mobility issues and can't manage the stairs, please contact Cynthia:

  • Cancellations? We know you have every intention of coming, but life happens, so we need a cancellation policy, and this is it: 

    • If you cancel 7 days (or more) prior to your workshop date, we will refund your registration fee less a $25 administration & service fee.

    • No refunds will be made if you have to cancel less than 7 days before your class is scheduled to begin. If you are unable to attend, you may ask a friend to take your place.

    • If minimum enrolment is not met we reserve the right to cancel the class. A full refund of your registration fee will be given should this situation arise.

  • Questions, comments, concerns, suggestions? Please contact

  • Private group or individual sessions are also available. For information please Cynthia (see above).