Mitten from Vidzeme region of Latvia. Image from website for 2006 NATO Summit in Riga, Latvia http://www.rigasummit.lv/en/id/galleryin/nid/120/gid/3698/

As the weather in southern Indiana has finally turned cold for good, it seems, it’s time to break out the mittens – and three more Dainas to accompany them (see my first post for more).

4198.
Bitīt’ liela, bitīt’ maza,
Bitīt’ šūnu šuvējiņa;
Meitiņ’ liela, meitiņ maza,
Meitiņ’ cimdu adītāja
1178, 658

Big bee, little bee,
Bee the honeycomb seamstress;
Big girl, little girl,
Girl the mitten knitter

4200.
Aitiņ, mana rogulīte,
Pelēkām kājiņām;
Tur adīju skaistus cimdus,
Tur – pelēkus mētelīšus.
1551, 7230

Dear sheep, my little ear,
with the gray little legs;
There I’ll knit pretty mittens,
There – a gray overcoat.

4201.
Ja man būtu balt’ aitiņa
Jel bitītes lielumā,
Es adītu raibus cimdus,
Kādus pati gribēdama.
914, 2567

If I had a little white sheep,
The size of a little bee,
I would knit motley mittens,
the kind that I would want myself.

 
 
 
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