Sunday, July 7, 2013

Knitting in Nfld.

We're back from a week in Newfoundland where we had 4 lovely, sunny days.  Since the only guarantee you ever get with the weather there is that there will likely be lots of RDF (rain, drizzle, fog), a week is really too short ...unless you are a duck
 ...or dressed like a sailor.
We toured around dressed in layers, with umbrellas and hoods at the ready, and saw lots of knitted goods for sale in tourist locations and craft/gift shops.  I was thrilled to see so many good quality items, many made with Briggs & Little yarns.  Most articles were sold under the NONIA "umbrella."

NONIA, or "the Newfoundland Outport Nursing and Industrial Association, was founded in 1920 to assist in providing medical care to the outports of Nfld, (which included anywhere outside of the capital city, St. John's).  It continues today as a not-for-profit cottage industry producing handknit items that reflect the spirit and tradition of Newfoundland and Labrador."
If you wanted, or needed, a pair of mitts, you were in luck!

Fun thick socks were another popular item.

Pictures of moose, puffins and maps of Nfld. were everywhere, ready to warm up someone's feet!
And because the items were sold through NONIA, we were sure that they were well made.  My friend spotted a sale bin.  Inside was a marked down item ...due to uneven knitting. 
So maybe there really are knitting police?