I've gotten a little obsessed with Dala Horses.
I owe this obsession and the discovery of this mitten pattern to Melinda Josie. When Melinda posted this picture on her flickr stream months ago, I hounded her to see where the pattern was from. She was kind enough to share and she posted about her finished mittens here, on her blog.
Not only is Melinda a talented knitter, she paints incredibly beautiful paintings.
You can read a little story about the Swedish Dala Horse tradition here or here. (The stories are very different, so I included both.)
Thanks to J who took all the photos of me and the mittens.
I couldn't help but show off all the pretty details of the pattern:
Dala and Hest spelled out on the inside of the thumb.