236Re: [nordicknitters] Re: Finnish Mitten Link
- Mar 21, 2007Hi,
It could be just a striped rib, or it could have a twisted border. Some
mittens have colorwork on a widening cuff and fringes. Some have yarn
ends on the inside for warmth. I've seen mittens like that lately on the
web. Latvian mittens are more decorative than Finnish. I have a book by
Mary Olki that I've loved to bits. I'm sorry my scanner doesn't work.
I'm also sorry there's so few pictures of them on the Internet. Here are
http://www.maud.prettyposies.com/seiskarimitten/ Seiskari is an island
The Yarn Harlot seems to have written a post about the Lapland mitten or
Rovaniemi mitten. It's a mitten done in Intarsia though nowadays they
just knit a plain white mitten and Swiss embroider (imitate stitches)
the zigzag motifs afterwards.
The blue book to the left is the book I mentioned, the other one not
about Finnish mittens:
http://vuodatus-static.web-effect.net/g/1235/440856.jpg the original
Rovaniemi mitten is on the cover. This is a typical Sami colorway. The
Sami are the original people of Lapland, who herd reindeer and dress up
in very colorful clothes.
Mary Olki published a lot of textile crafts books in the 40's and 50's,
and many of them were republished in the 70's (many printings too), but
since then she seems to have been forgotten. She did a lot of research
in museums and presented very much traditional work.
Marianne in Finland
off to the sauna to cure my flu
> What would be a more traditional cuff on a Finnish mitten? Would it
> be a more decorative cuff such as the Latvian mitten?
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