- Level of Instruction
- Students should be able to knit in the round, purl, decrease, and do color work.
The Sámi, sometimes called “the reindeer people,” are Scandinavia’s indigenous people recognized by the United Nations. The Skolt Sámi are one of the subsets of the Sámi people. Their homeland is where Russia, Finland, and Norway meet. In addition to small-scale reindeer herding, the Skolt Sámi traditionally practice sea fishing and netting river salmon.
With the aid of live Zoom interactions and prerecorded demonstration videos, you’ll cast on and begin working on a historical remake of a Skolt Sámi mitten from the Vesterheim collection. You will learn and discuss slyngenborden (the twisted, purl braid at the cuff), the meaningful patterning at the wrist, traditional thumbs, braids and tassels, and much more about the Sámi culture and wool tradition. The size of the finished mitten is 9 ½ in [24 cm] long and 4 (4 ¼) in [10 (10.5) cm] wide, 8 (8 ½) in [20 (21) cm] circumference after blocking, not including the braid and tassel.
Supplies: A kit containing three balls of yarn and a treat (a $30 value) is included in the cost of enrollment and will be shipped to you. You provide a set of 5 double pointed needles, size US 2 / 2.75 mm, or size needed to obtain gauge (12 sts x 16 r = 2 in / 5 cm over stranded pattern, worked in the round and blocked); scrap of smooth waste yarn for thumb; tapestry needle; markers; and a credit card or credit card-sized piece of cardboard for tassel. You'll also need a computer, laptop, or tablet with a camera and mic as well as a fast, reliable internet connection.
Special Instructions: When registering for the class, please make sure to use the address you'd like the kit shipped to, and the email address you'd like the Zoom meeting invitation sent to. You will receive links to the Zoom sessions by email sometime during the week prior to the beginning of the class.
Enrollment Deadline: October 14, 2020
Registration for this class has closed.
About the Instructor
Laura Ricketts is a knit and crochet instructor from Indiana, specializing in the knitwear of the Sámi peoples. After participating in a Nordic knitting conference, she began researching the contributions that the Sámi have made to the knitting community. She has toured the Sámi lands, visited museums and groups, and studied and written about many beautiful examples of Sámi knitting. As a former history teacher, Laura enjoys opening this world to others and has spoken or taught classes at Finnfest, Ingebretsen’s, North House Folk School, the National Nordic Museum’s Nordic Knitting Conference, American Swedish Institute, and numerous knit shops.
Learn more: Watch this video, Collections Connection: Sámi Mittens, where Laura and Vesterheim Chief Curator Laurann Gilbertson highlight Sámi mittens from Vesterheim’s collection, inspiring creativity and enhancing understanding of Sámi contributions to the knitting world.