Remember those signs from the universe I mentioned the other day? The most thrilling one was that I won a giveaway last month. I never win giveaways. For one thing, I almost never enter them. But when I saw the photos at Mandarine’s of this beautifully boxed Latvian mitten kit, from the most enticing looking yarn shop ever (in Latvia!), I was overcome with longing. And then she told me I won! And this week it arrived and I still can’t believe I won it. It’s entirely possible I’ve gotten better things in the mail before, but if so, I don’t know what.
There’s a short history of Latvian mittens included in the pattern, all about deities and wedding chests and Latvia being “famous for the fact that the oldest mittens have been found here by archaeologists.” It also says that “for several centuries [mittens] were the main form of gift and endowed with magical significance.” Magical, indeed. Thank you for passing along the tradition, M.
— Best wishes to Tolt Yarn and Wool on the grand opening this weekend — wish I could come!
— Another book worth a look: The Knitted Slipper Book by Katie Startzman — lots of things I’d like to slip my toes into.
Happy Friday, everyone — have a great weekend!