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Archive for October 16th, 2006

The Most Amazing Mitten Photo

Monday, October 16th, 2006

Rae referred me to this amazing photo… thousands of pairs of Latvian mittens (we are talking incredible colorwork on very small needles). For the Nato Summit guests. Handmade. With pride in Latvian culture.

Here is the beginning of the article:

The NATO Summit Latvia Task Force has received the first half of 4,500 pairs of hand-made mittens that Latvia is preparing as a gift for the NATO Summit guests coming to Riga for the summit in November.

Each of the thousands of NATO Summit visitors to Riga will be presented with a pair of uniquely-designed hand-made mittens. Latvia’s Ethnographic mittens are a strong tradition and important vessel of Latvian culture…

Update (thanks to Rae again) in the wee hours of Monday night/Tuesday morning: If you go to this page, it answers a lot of the questions that might come to mind. It tells about the knitters, the yarn, the patterning and the reasons they wish to do this. It does not take long to read and is worth the time.

Check it out. You can read the rest of the article or just look at the photo… it’s eye candy even without the NATO story behind it all. Wowie, we’re talking some beautiful knitting!