Ekshärad, a very small city in Sweden, is especially famous for its wooden church from 1686-88 and the cemetery with its iron cross. Iron crosses are designed as living trees with loose "gambling leaves" and raised spikes with painted eggs with designs. The crosses have a long tradition and they are from the 1700's to the present day.
Owner designer Åse Öjbro has created wearable mitten art (Åse was also an artist of paints and palette for over 20 years before deciding to express her art in wool). She has created this innovative "Living Tree Iron Cross" pattern on the back of the mitten hand showing the connected Living Tree framed by feminine like symbols and a church-like structure near the wrist. The inside palm has an alternating steel blue, teal blue and brown nail dot pattern set off by an alternating small v-shaped uniform patterns of lice "lusemonsters" believed to protect from evil spirits. "I wanted to capture the spirit of this small town of 1,000 people who have preserved their icons and traditions in runes of divine design."
For how long a time the Nordic people have been knitting wool mittens are unknown. The earliest sign of wool mitten knitting dates back to the 13th century. Öjbro Vantfabrik has a passion to bring the wool knitting traditions of the old into modern days of wool knitting. The outer mitten shell is 100% merino wool and the patented 3 layer polyamide inside creates the Öjbro 3 V-Swedish: ”Varning: Varma Vantar” ===== "Warning: Warm Mittens."
We know you can't try these mittens on in cyberspace, but we can share with you our customer experience. We held 12 trunk shows this summer and every one of the fifty or so men and women loved the warmth, softness, and design of these Öjbro Vantfabrik wool mittens and wanted to buy them on the spot; we took advance orders instead! Now finally in America, from Ted and Åse Öjbro and only at Sweater Chalet.
Knitted in Sweden in Ted Öjbro's small family factory of 100% ORGANIC merino wool, excepting the inner patented 3 layers of polyamide.