Archive for the ‘estonia’ Category

I hope you are keeping well!
Some pictures from Hooks and Yarn in Amsterdam, (I did some workshops there recently):

Texel island:

Spring colours in Dublin:

Some intriguing silk yarn from Dibadu

Avondale Co. Wicklow:

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Here are some of the highlights from my yarn stash –

– the bird’s nest of Estonian linen is my favourite item.

The Icelandic Lace weight is from Álafoss, outside Reykjavík – I had a fantastic holiday in Iceland a couple of years ago, and have lots of photos to share at some point…

I’m not sure what will happen with the stainless steel – it’s from the Iknit Weekender in London last September – I went there to meet Bart and Francis from Belgium, who have lots of intriguing yarns on their website.

Yesterday, BSM was finally published, and I celebrated the national holiday with a walk around Luggala and Lough Tay. Mini always enjoys a few gulps of rain water from this rock pool near a precipice. The weather was perfect – dry and bright and slightly chilly.

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A final round-up of the Estonia trip…

Haapsalu is the epicentre of  Estonian lace knitting – it’s a leafy seaside town with wooden houses, a castle, and a magnificent railway station. It was pretty quiet in June.

Tartu, a university town in Eastern Estonia, was deserted for Jaanipäev, but we managed to find a coffee in the very impressive central square, and a fine meal at a Georgian restaurant.

The textile items are from Tartu’s souvenir shops and a couple of small museums nearby, and include traditional men’s socks without heels – they look like they could be children’s hats.

The sketch and swatch are for the Ruff Shawl pattern – I spent a lot of time during this trip perfecting the cables.

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Some images from Tallinn’s Old Town, the City Museum, the Open Air Ethnographic Museum, and some portraits from Kadriorg Palace. I was working on swatches for the Ruff Shawl during this holiday. Click on the images for bigger versions.

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Muhu Museum

These images are from a small textile museum on the island of Muhu in Estonia.

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I’m opening this new blog with some souvenirs of a trip to Estonia and Latvia in June: mittens from Riga, red gloves from Tallinn, grey gloves from Kuressaare, double knit scarf from Pärnu. The lace weight yarn is from Haapsalu. The natural coloured linen yarn is from Tallinn, the grey and turquoise are from Riga – the grey has been made into an Emily 2 – my first experience of knitting with linen.


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