Every year, there is a magical event called the Maritime Spinner's retreat that is held in Atlantic Canada. It's a special event for folks like me that are addicted to fibre arts. My first love is knitting but oh I do love to sit at my spinning wheel and feel the soft fibres running through my fingers on their way to becoming something resembling yarn. Every year has a theme and this year's theme was "back to basics". With that theme in mind, we were encouraged to make mittens out of our handspun yarns. I chose a beautiful Merino, Cashmere, Alpaca, Mohair and silk blend from Belfast Mini Mills, to spin for my project. For those who wish to know, the colour way is Deep Blue Sea. The spinning went well but I am neither an experienced spinner nor a fast one so it took me about 12 hours to spin and ply my yarn.
I chose the Mors Du Cheval pattern by Lanja Samsdottir for my finished mitts and I am thrilled with them. My fellow retreat participants were also and voted them as their favourite finished project. I was so proud to have had my project chosen as the winner among dozens of very beautiful pairs of mittens.