Cheery and Warm Knitting

Per Kuhmunen and a reindeer during the Jokkmokk Winter Market. Jokkmokk, Sweden. 2014. Photograph by Agneta Nyberg and courtesy of Jokkmokk Winter-Market/Jokkmokk Municipality.

Per Kuhmunen and a reindeer during the Jokkmokk Winter Market. Jokkmokk, Sweden. 2014.
Photograph by Agneta Nyberg and courtesy of Jokkmokk Winter-Market/Jokkmokk Municipality.

We had a white Thanksgiving in Fort Collins! It was really beautiful but cold—about 11° overnight. It made me think of the Jokkmokk Winter Market in Sweden that Laura Ricketts profiled in the November/December 2015 issue of PieceWork.

The market has been held continuously since 1605. It has been and is an important event for the Sami people in this area. Per Kuhmunen, shown here, leads the market’s reindeer caravan. Dagny, Per’s wife, makes his traditional clothing, including his spectacular hat with the pom-pom (which weighs about 3 pounds [1.5 kg]!) and his colorful mittens.

Per’s mittens are special. Laura explains: “When I first began looking for Sami knitting, I searched a long time for information from any source. I was close to giving up, when I found a postcard of the Jokkmokk Winter Market. There in bold color was an image of Per wearing a beautiful green gákti (traditional clothing) with bright mittens. They were knitted but definitely not in a Norwegian or Swedish pattern. I had found my first pair of traditional Sami mittens!”

Laura based her project that accompanied the article on Sami mittens in the Norbottens Museum in Lulea, Sweden. They are typical of mittens from Karesuando; both Per and Dagny come from this area. They also closely resemble the mittens Per is wearing the photograph. And Laura’s amazing Karesuando Mittens to Knit are our newest PieceWork kit!

The instructions and the chart for Laura Rickett’s glorious mittens are included in the November/December 2015 issue of PieceWork. Our Karesuando Mittens to Knit kit includes this issue and all of the Rauma Finullgarn yarn needed to make the mittens. Photograph by Joe Coca.

The instructions and the chart for Laura Rickett’s glorious mittens are included in the November/December 2015 issue of PieceWork. Our Karesuando Mittens to Knit kit includes this issue and all of the Rauma Finullgarn yarn needed to make the mittens.
Photograph by Joe Coca.

Knit the mittens for a special man in your life—he won’t even have to lead the reindeer caravan! Or get the kit as a gift for a special knitter. These mittens are just filled with cheer and warmth.

Best,
Jeane