Last week my mother showed me two pairs of mittens knitted by my godmother. They were knitted in the 1960´s as gifts for my mother and they have been worn a lot.
I remember my godmother as always being busy making things. Knitting, crocheting, embroidery, weaving and other crafty things filled her days when she retired from her work. She was also a great cook and famous for her cookies. She knitted similar mittens for other persons, but never identical. There are always variations in how the patterns are knitted. I think that she originally had a pattern for the mittens and then gradually over the years just knitted from memory. Adapting, adjusting, changing the pattern as she felt like.