These gorgeous wool mittens are from Swedish designer Åse Öjbro, founder of Öjbro Vantfabrik. Using Italian merino wool, Åse has created mittens with patterns inspired by Sweden.
Each pair of mittens has four layers of insulation to trap air and keep the wearer's hands warm. These mittens are wind resistant and washable in a wool setting. They need to be put around your hands while wet to allow for shaping.
While medium, or lagom, size fits most hands, other sizes include small (mindre) and large (rejäl). Medium size corresponds with glove size 7-9; small corresponds with size 6; & large corresponds with size 10-11.
Every pattern has a story:
Choral singing, Kören, is a popular pastime in Sweden. From traditional songs of spring to midsummer singing games and drinking songs to December's Lucia songs -- singing is a year-round activity for Swedes. The Swedish Choral Miracle, "körundret" is found in the major popular movements that emerged in Sweden around 1800. The temperance movement, the Christian revivalist movement and eventually the labor movement used the choir as a way to share their ideas and create community. Choral singing has become commonplace today; no one needs to be a professional to sing. You can select a choir that fits your level, interests, music taste and context: male choirs, female choirs, school choirs, company choirs, senior choirs and everyone-can-sing choirs!
Designer note: "I wanted to portray the feeling of community that these talented singers feel when they sing together. Singing in choir is really a "feel good" recreational activity. My mother, Kerstin, sings her heart out when she stands side by side with her choir members singing. I am so happy in my heart when I see her so cheerful and dedicate this pattern to her."