From my Ravelry page:
"Mittens for my sister or her friend,
depending on who beats who in this year's Birkebeinerrenn."
As you probably can guess, this is not my sister.
The mitten winner crossed the mountain
in 4 hours and 28 minutes,
beating my sister with 17 minutes.
Details on the mitten motifs: The lady figure is Inga of Varteig, (ca 1185-1234), the mistress of king Haakon III of Norway and the mother of king Haakon IV of Norway (Haakon Haakonsson). The man figure is a Birkebeiner. "In 1206, the Birkebeiners set off on a dangerous voyage through treacherous mountains and forests, taking the now two-year-old Haakon Haakonsson to safety". The Birkebeiner ski race commemorates this. There is also a ski race named after Inga, "Ingalåmi".The Birkebeiner is also the motif of Lillehammer's coat of arms.