These mittens are going to be a Christmas present for my sister. They are traditional North Karelian mittens. North Karelia is a region in eastern Finland and it’s where our father comes from. This makes me and my sister half North Karelians, yes?
Traditionally these mittens are very dark brown, white and red. I didn’t have all those colours and as I wanted to start these mittens sooner rather than later, I tweaked the colours a bit: dark gray, light gray and red. I used Novita’s discontinued Florica yarn, which is 100% wool.
The symbolism of these mittens is as follows:
Dark brown (dark gray): Karelian earth/land
White (light gray): Snow and cleanliness (my version is a bit dirtier!)
The traditional Karealian snowflake motive is also a reminder of the (Russian) orthodox tradition of the region.
I’m very pleased with the mittens and with the fact that I actually made them – at last. It’s been a plan for a few years now. I want to make a pair for myself too sometime. I will make mine with a slightly thicker yarn though because my hands are a lot bigger than my sister’s and these mittens are a little bit small for me.
Hubby asked for gloves. Hubby got gloves!
I used a discontinued Finnish Novita’s Florica yarn. Colours were chosen by hubby. He wanted bright colours so that the gloves are easy to find in the glove drawer even if it’s dark in the hall. He also wanted them snug so that they could easily fit inside a pair of mittens. This is what you have to do up here. The colder it gets, the more layers of clothing you have to pile on, until you look like a Michelin Man. Two pairs of mittens are great but finger gloves and mittens are even better.
A long time ago I dyed a batch of yarn with Kool-Aid. I still had some red coloured yarn left, which I thought would look nice on a little girl. I found a nice pattern for a hoodie in a Finnish magazine (Suuri Käsityö 5-6 2010 pattern 16). The yarn used in the pattern was Debbie Bliss Ecobaby and I’m guessing the pattern is also by Debbie Bliss. However, I could not find it online. I made the size 74cm, which should fit a 6-9 months old. The hoodie is caftan-like and quite long with slits on the sides at the bottom. The hood is quite tall and pointy. The neckline is a nice v-shape.
My Kool-Aided yarn was Novita’s Florica in white. This is now a discontinued yarn, sadly. It’s nice and thin but still warm, being 100% wool. Nice thing about tiny peoples’ knits is that they are done so quick!