Wednesday, February 07, 2007

More new Bosco done

I am told, by one who knows that Bosco is Italian for wood as in a walk in the woods or forest. Whoda known (likely someone who is or speaks Italian)

Another Bosco done - this one is # 3519 and is a really rich colour - verra nice and I like it. Must do more - perhaps # 3514 or 3516. Samples required for my next show of course (April 28th - stay tuned for more details):

Then back to my February Sock of the Month - all charted up and ready to go tomorrow when I am fresh. This might be the Latvian Wedding Sock I have had in the back of my head since my dear friend Ilze's (who is Latvian of course) son's wedding.

I have always been intrigued by a ring that Ilze has-

- a rather large silver band with several bell shaped dangles. Each dangle has a symbol etched in it and each symbol represents one of the shapes that we see often represented in Latvian design - mittens, brooches, weaving and such. These symbols have been variously adapted and can be seen in their different permutations and combinations in much of Latvian design.

This makes me instantly think - LATVIAN!

I am not an expert in the historical development of these designs from their symbols but there are several experts who have given us a glimpse into the fine art and textile design that Latvia is rich with:

Latvian Mittens by Lizbeth Upitis explores the symbols and includes several beautiful mittens and trim techniques

Latvian Dreams by Joyce Williams presents stunningly beautiful patterns based on traditional Latvian weaving

The 2006 NATO summit was held in Latvia this year and delegates were presented with hand knitted mittens bearing designs from all over Latvia. This link will take you to pages and pages of photographs of hundreds of gorgeous mittens.

Such a rich history with so much to explore.


At 10:07 p.m., Blogger Rio said...

The ring is a Latvian engagement ring also called a seven day ring. Seven tags - one for each day of the week. One or both sides of the tags are engraved with symbols that will bring good fortune and guard against evil.

A week before her wedding the bride takes off one of the symbol tags - on the seventh day it has no tags and is now her wedding ring. The tags can then be incorporated into other jewelry pieces.

The protection from evil continues as the band of the ring itself is often engraved with cross hatching the motif for stars which will repel evil and serpent patterns which signify the presence of Liama who is the deity of good fortune and one's fate.


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