THE ÅSLE MITTEN

In 1918, a farmer from Åsle dug his spade into the hillside on Åsle Bog to extract some peat. Half a metre down he came across a mitten made of cloth, which he realised straightaway must be extremely old. He rinsed the mitten off with water from the bog, took it home and, when it was dry, he wrapped it in paper and put it in a drawer. From time to time he showed it to visitors who expressed an interest. The mitten lay in the drawer until 1933 when representatives from the National Heritage Board, Riksantikvarien, bought it for 300 kronor. 
The Åsle Mitten is a left-handed mitten made using the single-needle knitting or "nålbindning" method. There is damage to the area round the little finger caused by the spade that was used to dig up the peat. The mitten is colourless but there are signs at the edge of what appears to have been a red, green and white striped fringe. It was made somewhere between 1510 and 1640.