This is the traditional Rovaniemi Mitten (Rovaniemi is a small town at the Arctic Circle). Usually you see it knitted with brighter colours and thicker yarn. Although Rovaniemi is my birth place it wasn't until Vaasa's Nordic Knitting Symposium couple of years ago where I discovered the beauty and the challenge of this mitten. Before Vaasa I thought it is just ordinary multi-colored knitting --- it is not. In this pattern you have 11 small balls of pattern yarn on a long needle plus the main colour. It is hard to believe but these small balls stay in perfect order on the long needle and the back side of the mitten is neat. I'll show you a picture when I get that far with the new mittens. With thin yarn (Vuorelma's Satakieli) and small needles 1,5 mm the pattern is very delicate.
I'll make a variation on this theme. I changed the colours: since it is my blue period I must have some blue and some time ago I made another Eugen Beugler shawl with brick red. I haven't blocked it yet but these mittens should match the shawl. The cuff will be doubled but shorter than in the original, it will be easier to wear.
This is not speed knitting... but very interesting.
Yesterday the socks were finished. The pattern is also a variation from old Finnish socks. When my Mother saw the pattern she told that my Grandmother used to decorate her sweaters and cardigans with these "double purl" stitches. When Grandma knitted, she drew the pattern on brown paper and then knitted along and compared the piece with the pattern every now and then. She did't calculate beforehand any decreases or increases and she made all kinds of beautiful knits with shaping. When she died at the very high age few years ago, I saw her knitting tools; she had only few bent needles and that was all. I don't think she thought she didn't have enough and with them she produced a lot. I'll call these socks Martta's socks.