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Small birds on warm hands


I have been quite busy with other things, and only got my act together to take pictures of the first mitten pair. Or to be exact, the first mitten of the first pair. This is yet another model from Eeva Haavisto’s * book Sataa kansainomaista kuviokudinmallia. And once again is Eeva Haavisto given the origin of the pattern to Jalasjärvi in Pohjanmaa. The upper part of the mitten has a pattern that is well known in a much bigger part of Finland than only Pohjanmaa, and was called “small migrating birds” or muuttolintuset in the south of Finland. The pattern under the thumb is the in Pohjanmaa often used renaissance pattern “ässänväärä”. I don’t think this pattern was used in other areas at all. The mittens will have a fringe at the end of the cuffs.

The yarn is black merino wool (the old Novita Wool, from when it was only made from merino) and blue/teal Drops Alpaca. The alpaca yarn will make the mittens lovely warm, since it will be stranded on the inside a lot. Needles 2,5 mm dpns, and mittens started from the top down the way Anna Zilboorg describes in Magnificent mittens.

*I know this might be like putting salt in wounds for you who have no chances to find the book. I’m so sorry, but I can’t help knitting from it. It’s a treasure. But I promise, if I ever will find an other copy of it, it will be for sale.


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I love all the history bits of the patterns - so interesting.

That blue alpaca totally matches your web site :)

So beautiful!!
Nice colours and nice patterns.

Those do like they'll be nice and warm and pretty!

Oh Maud, that's a beautiful mitten pattern and I love the colors you're using. Be sure and post another picture when you're finished so I can see how that fringed cuff turns out! Thanks

These are spectacular mittens. Wish we could purchase the book here in the US, in English!


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