Knitted Lace of Estonia by Nancy Bush
Published in 2008
Nancy Bush visited Estonia and spent some time researching the history of the knitted lace of this country. With the help of relatives and many friends, she delivered into the technique, patterns and traditions. The history of this lace started in Haapsalu. “If you visit Haapsalu, and see smoke coming from the chimney of a house, there will be a woman inside, knitting lace” …. keeping alive a tradition that began nearly 200 years ago.
Instructions in this book are clear and easy to follow. There are many beautiful shawls to drool over — which one will I do first? I liked the way the return rows are recorded. There are many patterns that you can choose to design your own shawl.
I have made two of the designs. When I took the first – the simplest and oldest pattern, to give to my daughter, her mother-in-law brought out two Estonian shawls that her mother-in-law had made for her. We were able to identify the patterns from the book. I have made the Lily of the Valley scarf. I have red 2 ply wool to make another. I have two in the family that love red.
Review by Lynne Winter on Bribie Island