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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Latvian Apples—-And Mittens

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One of my nephews, Martins, sent me this image of an old orchard on his way to the family farm in Latvia.
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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 .

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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!
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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.

Posted by Ilga Leja on 01/24 at 02:05 PM
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