Those new to Latvian mittens will begin by knitting an ornament-sized mitten (approx. 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″) to learn construction techniques and provide a gauge swatch. Included will be ancient Latvian textile design symbols, tips to make a lining, work a hem with picot edge, insert the thumb, and shape the slightly pointed thumb and mitten top. After the mini mitten, you’ll move on to design your own pair. Students with some Latvian mitten experience can jump right into designing, using traditional motifs, techniques and graph paper, graphing app, or Excel. (You are welcome to bring your own tablet or laptop.) Options for linings, braids, fringe, entrelac, or other special cuffs will be covered, and you’ll begin to knit your full-size mittens in class.
Sandy De Master and Mary Germain have been knitting most of their lives and teaching it for 30+ years. Mary owned The Wool Works yarn shop in Milwaukee from 1985-96, and Sandy taught spinning there. Early on, they became intrigued with and focused on ethnic knitting. They published a PieceWork magazine article on Latvian mittens, “Messages In Mittens,” and traveled to Latvia and Estonia to study local knitting techniques. Mary has returned several times, and Sandy went to Shetland to investigate Fair Isle knitting. Together they continue to teach and learn more about Baltic and Fair Isle knitting. www.marygtheknitter.blogspot.comNo tags for this post.