"Fager" is the Swedish word for "Beauty" and Iris of course is the tri petal purple and yellow flower described by poets and lovers throughout history. Iris takes its name from the Greek word for rainbow, which is also the name for the Greek goddess of the rainbow, Iris. So it is only fitting that the 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 a panoramic Iris flower pattern on the back of the mitten hand showing flower, stem and supporting leaves. The inside palm has an alternating steel lavender, purple, and teal blue finger flag with a nail dot pattern set off by an alternating small v-shaped uniform patterns of lice "lusemonsters" believed to protect from evil spirits. "I love flowers, especially the Iris which is part of our home garden every spring and i thought why not design winter mittens with spring flowers," Åse confided, and I adapted one of my still life Iris's to a smaller canvas."
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 polymide 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.
WARNING: These are 100% Merino Wool--which is known for its softness -- so you must protect the wool as you would cashmere or any other delicate fabric. If you intend to use these for any kind of winter sport or abrasive activity, you should use choppers or over mitts to protect the soft warm wool and prevent wool damage.