Knitted Lace of Estonia: Techniques, Patterns, and Traditions by Nancy BushMy friend, Karen, laughed after she got my first update after I had finally gotten around to adding my knitting library to GoodReads. Im sure shell laugh even more the next time I see her, for here is my latest new knitting book which I didnt need, but desperately wanted. Im so glad I finally have it to leaf through and pour over relishing each beautiful pattern instead of scrolling through on the preview function on Amazon.com and trying to copy the charts on graph paper. Having the book is ever so much better.
I have loved lace knitting since the first headband and bookmark I knitted a few years ago. I graduated to purses, cowls, and scarves, and now Im ready to dive attempt shawls. I had seen Nancy Bushs patterns on the Interweave Press website and Ravelry, and decided that rather than downloading just one or two of her patterns that Id drooled over, it made more sense to just buy the book rather than wait for my small town library to get it through inter-library loan.
This is not just a beautiful pattern book, it is also a history of Estonian knitting and the generations of women who honed the craft. Estonia, is located along the Baltic coast and neighbors Latvia to the south, Russia to the east, and Finland to the north (across the Finnish Sea). The author, Nancy Bush, first brought home from Haapsalu, a resort town on the west coast of Estonia, exquisite lace articles as gifts rater than as research. Subsequently she learned knee-to-knee from Estonian knitters.
The book included fourteen projects as well as an Estonian Lace Stitch Dictionary to supplement the lace patterns in the projects. Many of these patterns are not in the first two Barbara Walker stitch dictionaries, and that in itself is saying something!
Knitted Lace of Estonia
The history and patterns are wonderful. It's got everything. Beautiful patterns. Great stitches. Lovely pictures.
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Deepen your knowledge of lace knitting with 14 Estonian, heirloom quality lace patterns from Nancy Bush in a new edition of her bestselling book Knitted Lace of Estonia. Now with a bonus 1-hour DVD, Knitted Lace of Estonia will teach you about traditional lace-knitting techniques, such as: Traditional twig, peacock, and lily of the valley patterns and their variations different ways to make the distinctive nupp, or subdued bobble. Modern adaptations of the classic ways of constructing shawls and scarves and adding lace edges are given. Nancy Bush teaches workshops for guilds, shops, and at conferences throughout the United States, Canada, and Northern Europe. Nancy lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.