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Turns out Baiba and I would have, should have, been classmates. We were born the same year, but she in Soviet occupied Latvia, and I in Chicago to Latvian WWII refugee parents. Now we are both living in Latvia, something I never dreamed possible as a child. We are getting together, we have only met through our knits so far, as soon as Baiba is done with her gardening, harvesting, canning and we are both done knitting for the holidays. I am so thankful that etsy gives me a chance to show the world her amazing talent.

Here is our story:

I sell my knits in an outdoor music cafe in the heart of Old Town Rīga during the summer months. I only show up for the days that there are Baltic Sea cruise ships bringing tourists to town, so I get to see my work on all shapes, sizes and nationalities of people from everywhere on the planet. Kind of like selling on etsy, but half way to a brick and mortar shop.

Kate, a funky artist/animator showed up and asked if I would also sell her mothers fingerless mittens. As I was saying nooo... she pulled out a few pairs, and I met my color sister/soul mate:) I couldn't believe it, the same color sense as me, every pair matched a few of my wraps perfectly. The mittens sold themselves, I had to do nothing. Kate's mother, Baiba (my sister has the same name) studied at the craft college in Latvia, and the two of them have been upcycling for longer than the word has existed. Unravelling and reknitting sweaters is how women kept up with fashion during the dreary days Latvia was a Soviet slave. Now everyone brings Kate and Baiba their old knits and the two spend the winter unravelling and Baiba knitting.

I made a deal, I gave Baiba some of my mohair and asked her to keep knitting, but add my mohair to her upcycled yarns and make each mitten a bit different. Start at one end and keep switching colors and flow through to the second mitten. Baiba had never knit like that, and she struggled a bit at first, but now she is on a roll and is just letting loose with color ideas. I LOVE it!!!

Those are Kates hands in the photo. These mittens are about 9 1/2-10 1/2" (24-27cm) long depending on if you scrunch them up.

Stay warm:)

Unique Wetlands Fingerless Unmatched Hand Knit Mittens striped with upcycled wool and kid mohair

Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: kid mohair, wool, upcycled yarn
  • Ships worldwide from Riga, Latvia
  • Feedback: 441 reviews
  • Favorited by: 12 people