ONE. The reprint of Poetry In Stitches has LANDED!
That’s right, all you knitters who have been waiting
impatiently. It’s here and we’re sending them out today (and tomorrow, there are a lot of you guys on the wait list). It’s breathtakingly beautiful and, honestly, everything we expected. Definitely worth the wait.
And we have proof. She came in last night to teach her first Beginning Knitting class in over a fortnight. Because she is still recovering, though, we’ve cut back on some of her classes. Contact us for more information if you’re one of her students.
THREE. Try and pronounce this: Eesti labakindad ilma laande laiali. Maybe not. It translates to “Estonian Mittens Around The World”. If you’ve been looking forward to the release of Poetry In Stitches, or have loved your copy of The Haapsalu Shawl, you cannot miss this book.
This hardbound collection of mitten patterns is quite clearly a compilation of the author’s life’s work. For almost twenty years, researcher Aina Praakli has been studiously cataloging traditional Estonian mitten patterns. Her sources have included the Estonian National Museum and knitters/ families of Estonian knitters from around the world who offered up great-grandma’s mitten patterns for this tome.
Hardbound and printed in both Estonian and English, I think that this book is going to be one of the Great Sources in twenty years – like Barbara Walker or Alice Starmore. Which is why I’m getting my copy now, before they’re all gone.
And before you panic, let me tell you that we ordered 60 copies because we knew we’d want them and that you probably would, too. Expect to see an eCard this Friday with more information on this amazing book, or check it out on our website – it’s up for sale and even has inside shots. My own favorite (at the moment) is this beauty:
Laiuse. Which, incidentally, also happens to be the author’s favorite pattern.They’re from the parish of Laiuse and date to the late 1920’s. Just gorgeous. I think I’d like to make them with Shetland Spindrift, so I could duplicate the original colors, which are stunning. Maybe Tartan, Mint, Cardinal, and Anemone?
They would probably have to be knit on 2.00 mm/ US 0’s to get the right gauge of 10 stitches per inch (for an 8 inch hand), but it wouldn’t be impossible. Maybe this can be the project that will help me complete my knitting New Year’s resolution.
Anyway, that’s everything of great importance at the store right now. But, before I go, have you seen our two latest tutorials? If not, you might want to check them out. Sandy Kay and I share a couple of our own personal tips/ tricks for picking up a Provisional Cast On and joining a new yarn (painlessly!).
Until next time, happy knitting!