Tomorrow (Thursday) and Friday are the last two days of the traveling Latvian mitten show in San Francisco. If you’re local, go take a peek before they move on!

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About half are from the Latvian Ethnographic Museum in New Jersey and the rest from folks local to northern California. I went on Sunday and, as the only visitor for a brief period, got a personal tour from the woman who organized the exhibition and met a woman who knitted one of the displayed mittens as a child during her, ahem, stay at a relocation camp in Germany for “about 5 years” after World War II. I had no idea I was so ignorant of Latvian history; relocation never came up in any history class I took.

The mittens were beautiful, hanging around the room on strings. Here we have braided cuffs, entrelac cuffs, and fringed cuffs:

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I took a few photos of a few I especially liked. This color combination caught my eye:

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This pattern did, too:

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It was inspiring for this knitter. I feel like dropping everything and making mittens.

 

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