Stay comfortable with these superbly knit mittens with suede palm that are unrivaled in beauty and symbolism. Combining the rich traditions of Scandinavian knitting and folk art, Swedish designer Ase Öjbro creates patterns that tell a fascinating story about the rustic charms of Nordic life and history.
Beyond their looks, our customers rave about their superior warmth with a very thick four layer construction and an outer layer of super soft merino wool.
Size Guide - available in Small, Medium, or Large
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The Story behind the Pattern # Scania
The Viking Age runic alphabet, known as the futhark, were used from Greenland in the west to Russia in the east. The runic inscriptions are the oldest preserved original documents and are an important link to ancient times. Although runes were initially found throughout the Germanic language area, it was in Scandinavia that they spread the widest and were used for the longest time. During the period from around 500–700AD, the Scandinavian language changed dramatically, which also created a need for modifying the writing system. In the early 700’s, a new runic alphabet was created with only 16 different characters, replacing the older one. Since the new runic alphabet began to be used at around the same time throughout Scandinavia, a lot of people have suggested that it must have been the result of a deliberate writing reform, perhaps created by traders. The Rök stone is Sweden's most famous rune stone. It’s also the longest runic inscription in existence. The text consists of 800 symbols. The stone stands outside the church in Rök and it’s believed that the place was named after the stone.(Source: Swedish National Heritage Board)
The Oseberg ship from the Viking Age was found in 1903 in a large burial mound at Oseberg farm In Vestfold shire, just north of Tønsberg on the western shore of the Oslo fjord.
The ship, which is 21.5 m long and 5.1 m wide, is very well preserved. The incredibly rich, decorative wood carvings indicate that the ship had a very particular function
Dendro-dating of wood from the burial mound has shown that the ship was built in 820 AD and the grave was sealed in 834 AD. Two women, one young and one old, were buried in a
house constructed on the deck and they were buried with a large number of wonderful objects. The burial gifts consist of, among other things, a beautifully carved four-wheeled
cart, two oxen, fourteen horses, four dogs on an iron leash, four sledges, three beds, kitchen utensils, weaving equipment and a wide variety of textiles. Walnuts, wheat and wild
apples were also found among the burial gifts. It’s believed that the younger of the two women, whose remains have been better preserved, is Queen Åsa Haraldsdotter, Gudröd
Veidekonung's grandmother, mother of Halvdan the Black and grandmother of Harald Hårfager. Scania or as we say Skåne is a region of Sweden that is often referred to as Sweden’s
pantry. Skåne is Sweden’s most southerly region, mostly composed of peninsulas. Skåne has a multi-faceted landscape of which around 70% is either farmland or pastureland. It
became prominent in the 12th and 13th century as a centre for international trade due to its rich herring fishing in Öresund, the produce of which was sold in Skanör and
Falsterbo, where the so-called Skåne Market played an important role during the Middle Ages. Skåne has 240 castles and stately homes, including Hovdala Castle, whose ancestors can
be traced back to the start of the 16th century. The defences were extended some time in the 17th century, among which the characteristic tower. The castle burned down in 1678 but
its occupant, Jöns Mickelsson, rebuilt it. He became a nobleman and was given the name Ehrenborg, and Hovdala was to remain in his family for nine generations. The castle is
presently a national heritage.