Skaftö, a remote island community
of around 2,000 in west Sweden, explodes during the summer vacation to over 20,000! It is one of many islands on the West coast of Sweden. Thousands, with their quaint fishing
villages and granite rock formations litter the shoreline from Göteborg to Norway offering some easy down time, eating buckets of prawns and smoked mackerel, chatting with the locals and taking
and early morning walks along slowly meandering, deserted, coastal roads, encountering stunning views at every corner.
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 alternating
small v-shaped uniform patterns of lice "lusemonsters" believed to protect from evil spirits on the back of the hand. The cuffs are set off in the red sunrise and sunsets of Skafto.
The inside palm has a tighter version of smaller "lusemonsters".
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.
The Skafto Design Story as Told by Ase Ojbro to Sweater Chalet