The art of fisherman’s mittens

Jan 23, 2013
Robin Hansen’s latest book, “Ultimate Mittens,” was published by Down East Books.

Searsport — All Kinds of Fisherman’s Mittens, a talk and workshop by Robin Hansen, will take place Saturday, Feb. 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the downtown Penobscot Marine Museum.

Hansen will bring her collection of mittens from around the world and speak on the history and traditions of knitting mittens and their importance to fishermen. She will teach the old-time Maine cast-on and help participants knit the mittens of their dreams, whether they be European or down-home Maine.

Hansen is a folklorist and mitten expert who has written articles on knitting for such publications as Interweave Knits, Knitter’s Magazine and Vogue Knitting. She searches out traditional patterns and tests, clarifies and modifies them to make them accessible to today’s knitters. Hansen, who lives in West Bath, is the author of several knitting books; her new knitting book “Ultimate Mittens,” and her book about Maine mittens, “Favorite Mittens,” will be on hand.

Cost for the workshop, which will be held in the museum’s Stephen Phillips Memorial Library on Church Street, is $40, $35 for museum members. Participants should bring their yarn and needles; lunch will be provided. To register, visit or call 548-2529.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or

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