Ineke’s Mitten Daybook 2017-11-08T11:54:38+00:00

Ineke’s Mitten Daybook

Skiing in America popularized by Tenth Mountain Division WWII veterans

Early skiing using the rope tow at Snow Basin, Ogen, Utah. In 1945, before the 10th Mountain Division returned from Europe, the public had access to more than 150,000 Army surplus skis, boots, and poles. “The surplus equipment made it possible for the average person to go skiing,” according to David Little, Tenth Mountain historian and President of the 10th Mountain Division Living History Display Group. “That’s part of the reason for the skiing boom.” February 1945 - Tenth Mountain defeated Germans on Riva Ridge May 2, 1945 - Germans in Italy surrendered unconditionally, guarded by the Tenth Mountain. May 8, [...]

The trail to the Holy Cross

The original photograph by William Henry Jackson, 1873.   The aging priest stood alone on Horn Silver Mountain, near Shrine Pass, looking across the valley at the cross of snow. The winter cover had dripped down the Mount of the Holy Cross into the Bowl of Tears, giving the cross a background of bare granite crags. It glistened like gold in the morning sun. His prayer was that soon there should be a Catholic shrine on this spot from which to view the cross and that someday his Mount of the Holy Cross Pilgrimage would be there greatest annual religious [...]

May 17 Norway’s National Day

Children are the focal point of Constitution Day on May 17 each year, founded to celebrate the creation of the Constitution of Norway. In preparation, parents sew traditional folk costumes called bunad -- pronounced boo-ned. Each large fjord or valley has a distinctive style and the design and colors vary according to locality. Ineke's is an elaborately embroidered full-length skirt, a long-sleeve white blouse, a matching embroidered jacket and new shoes adorned with silver buckles. The pewter collar brooch and pewter belt buckle were adornments on the bunad her mother wore as a child. Ineke’s great grandmother sewed the embroidered waist purse [...]

Traditional Norwegian foods

Norwegian geitost Geitost, Norwegian for goat cheese Exploring everything Norwegian is my new passion since researching Ineke’s Mitten. My main character, Nels Torkle, loved geitost, a mild, sweet golden-brown cheese, made with whey heated together with cow’s and goat’s milk.  The heat turns the milk sugar into caramel, which gives the cheese its characteristic taste and brown color. Geitost, pronounced yay-toast, goes well with crackers, butter, preserves, fresh fruit and crunchy veggies. You can buy it at many American supermarkets, specialty cheese counters or online. In Norway, it is served as wafer-thin slices shaved with a cheese plane or thin [...]

Inspired by Bill Koch’s 1976 Olympic victory

Bill Koch, silver medalist, 1976 Olympics In Ineke's Mitten, the main character, Nels Torkle, was Norway’s next hope to win an Olympic medal in Nordic skiing. I got the idea to make him a skier looking back at Bill Koch’s stunning silver medal win at the 1976 winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria. This was the event that stirred my writer's memory the most. I cheered him on in front of my television and felt, for the first time, the excitement, and pride, Norwegians feel for their Nordic racers. A native of Brattleboro, Vermont, Koch was the first, and remains, the only [...]


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