Congratulations to Ruth Neiboer for knitting these amazing mittens, pictured at right. She made the mittens for her husband who is going to Antarctica tomorrow! (I am SO jealous!) These mittens are based on traditional Norwegian designs; the pattern was designed by Ruth's daughter specifically for the occasion (she could make a living doing work like this). The compass rose with the "N" for north also has the latitude of the northern-most point he has been; the "South" mitten indicates the latitude of where he will be in Antarctica. On the South mitten is the year in Roman numerals, and on the North mitten are his initials.
Ruth made these after taking our class on Norwegian mittens. These mittens are completely one-of-a-kind, and will likely become an heirloom. Way to go, Ruth!
Purls of wisdom: you can do anything if you believe you can do it.