Not getting a great quantity of knitting done with our daughter’s impending wedding, but I am enjoying what I am doing very much. I’ll have a picture of a cute baby sweater to show you as soon as I catch my breath.
In other news, here is a piece of Latvian tradition that, as much I I love knitting mittens, could NEVER have pulled off before tomorrow–
“It was an ancient wedding tradition to give numerous mittens as presents starting some time before the wedding. If the suitor was considered acceptable, the bride presented mittens to him and the matchmakers. In the period of engagement, the bride gave ‘motley mittens’ to her beloved who wore them on the wedding day. Another pair went to the bridegroom on the way to the church, one more —- to the clergyman when he entered the names of the engaged on the wedding list. (at least 5 pairs)
The brides dowry was usually carried to the new husband’s house on Thursday or Saturday before the wedding day. The bride gave the dowry carriers a pair of gloves that were fastened to the carrier’s hat. The dowry cow’s horns were adorned with mittens, and a pair of mittens was to be given for letting the cows into the shed. (3 more pairs)
Sometimes mittens were given to the woman who helped the bride to put on her bridal veil. A brightly coloured ornamented pair of mittens was left for the church warden after the wedding ceremony and one also on the altar for the organ player. (3 more pairs)
Mittens were to be given to the man who helped the bride out of the carriage or the sleigh when she returned from the church. A pair of mittens was thrown into the yard on approaching the new husband’s house. When the bride was shown into the house, she left a pair of mittens near the stove. (3 more pairs)
The time was chosen (for the distribution of the marriage dowry) depending on the length of festivities and the place where the newlyweds were going to live. The young wife distributed mittens and other presents to her mother-in-law, father-in-law, brothers- and sisters-in-law, the wedding sponsors and the musicians. (at least 8 pairs)
On Saturday in the end of the wedding week the young wife went to her mother-in-law’s bathhouse to wash herself where again she was to ‘throw’ mittens…” (1 more pr) from: An historic account of Latvian Mittens
GRAND TOTAL: at least 24 pairs of mittens/gloves, and since Nicole hates to knit, this responsibility would have clearly fallen to me. And notice that Latvian mittens are intricately designed and shaped. I had 12 weeks warning-I never would have made it. Latvian brides from times-gone-by: I salute you!
Wedding tomorrow. I can hardly believe it!
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