Prepare for plummeting temperatures in style with Latvian Wool Mittens. An ancient Latvian wedding tradition says that unmarried girls have to fill up their hope chests before entering the marriage. It’s an old tradition, that was respected by their mothers and grandmothers, so from early childhood girls were taught to knit, embroider, crochet and sew to be able to fulfill their chests with knits and other handicrafts. Knitted mittens were one of the most important things of the chest and also an indicator of a girl’s skills. They represented patience and imagination, its own story, its own unique pattern, its own meaning and comes with it its own wish.