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Sodankylä mittens

I live in the municipal of Sodankylä (since 2006), which is located in Finnish Lapland. The municipal is large in area but small in terms of population. The two official languages of Sodankylä are Finnish and Northern Sami. It’s extreme northern location means short summers and long, cold winters. For a knitter, that’s kind of ideal.

The coat of arms of Sodankylä is really cool. I like the colours black, silver and red and the very graphic design. It’s said to symbolise the Lappish wilderness. The black means the long, dark polar nights and the red flames are from a type of open fire, where the fire burns in a crack between two large logs. Because of the star (which can be seen during the dark long nights in the winter), Sodankylä is called the star municipal of Lapland.

I wanted to turn this cool design into mittens.

Sodankylä mittens

I stylised the camp fire by knitting it without the squiggle.

Sodankylä mittens

On the palm side I knitted a dotted starry night pattern – I thought that would be appropriate.

I used Novita 7 Veljestä yarn, which is nice and fairly thick, so it makes warm mittens.

Sodankylä mittens

This last picture was taken in the middle of the day. Around the polar night time (in December), daytime is short and very blue. I like using my ski poles for photo props.

Sodankylä mittens

Happy knitting!

7 thoughts on “Sodankylä mittens

    1. Thanks. I hope you get to visit Finland one day. It’s kind of similar to Sweden and Norway (Sweden more than Norway) but at the same time very different, if that makes any sense. I plan to see a lot more of Scotland one day. It’s one of my most favourite countries in the world!

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  1. Awesome, perfect likeness ! And what a great idea to knit a pair of mitts with the local coat of arms♪
    The ski prop close up reminds me of how amazed I was as a child to witness blue polar nights in the hills of Oppland in Norway many years ago, Scandinavia seems an exotic place worth visiting over again. But perhaps better still in summertime, eh? 😉

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    1. Thanks. On these latitudes the difference between summer and winter is quite huge. So it depends what you what you want to do and see. There is certainly plenty of light in the summer! 24 hours of daylight a day for 6 weeks where I am. Much more further north 🙂

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