Saturday, January 24, 2009
Latvian Apples—-And Mittens
One of my nephews, Martins, sent me this image of an old orchard on his way to the family farm in Latvia.
I had not expected that they would be works of art in their own right. Especially that close-up. These pictures are pure gifts to someone like me who can't seem to get enough of pattern and colour. Especially unexpected colour: the surprises of red and yellow against a neutral background like this.
The image of the apples has, of course, begun to intrigue me--as I see the design potential in its colours and form.
But then this is no surprise. Latvians for ages have gleaned inspiration from their natural surroundings when composing the elements of a typical Latvian mitten .
For those of you interested in the rich tradition of knitting Latvian mittens, there is now a new book available on the subject. Do not be daunted by the title. It is in Latvian and English. And it is not just about mittens. Socks, too!
You can purchase it online from the Baltic Shop . I don't have my copy yet. But when it arrives, I'll let you know and write a review of it.