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7. February 2011 12:05
by Jobo
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Yarn Candy Monday: not yarny so much...

7. February 2011 12:05 by Jobo | 0 Comments

haapsalu_shawlIn the last little bit... there hasn't been a lot of new yarn coming into the house... a few things here and there, but no real beauty skeins just waiting to be showcased.  So today, instead, I thought I would show you a new book that arrived in the mail last week! The Haapsalu Shawl:  A knitted Lace Tradition from Estonia

Quite honestly, this book is crazy!  Crazy good of course, but still quite intimidating.  I have been in love with Estonian lace from the moment I first saw it... and when I hear this book had been translated into English, I really couldn't help myself.

This isn't so much a pattern book, as an anthology of the traditional lace motifs and borders used in the very beautiful Haapsalu Shawls and Scarves of Estonia.  There are more than 100 beautiful lace designs charted out... from lilies of the valley with their lovely nupps, to Greta Garbo patterns, leaves, vines, butterflies, and so many more.  I have read each article, and flipped through the lace sections a dozen times already.  The beauty of the fine lace just takes my breath away.

Also, in the beginning of this Estonian Lace "Bible", there is a section describing the traditional shawl and scarf makeup.  It shows dimensions, proper arrangement, sample stitch counts, seaming diagrams, blocking instructions, yarn suggestions... all the things a knitter needs to make a *real* authentic Haapsalu Shawl.  Perfect for a wannabe like me... so I can someday try this.

I have chosen a few lace styles that I really love... and am making lots of mental notes about the shawl I want to make someday.  I've started looking for commercially available yarn, but will likely end up spinning my own, perhaps from Merino, or Cashmere Blend or something.  A girl can dream... can't she?

2. November 2010 08:25
by Jobo
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Replies to the Peanut-Gallery!

2. November 2010 08:25 by Jobo | 2 Comments

A reply to Kim... who was asking

October 26. 2010 15:44  "What is a Orenburg Lace shawl, Jolene?  Why so coveted?"

Orenburg lace is one of the craziest and most beautiful lace styles I've ever seen... These shawls are made from very very finely spun goat down and silk on tiny little spindles.  The goat down is specific to the Orenburg Region in Russia, where the climate and elevation is just perfect to prompt the goats to grow a very soft airy down undercoat that is harvested by hand at a specific time of year.  The lace is then knit on tiny (2 mm long needles) WITHOUT a pattern, featuring motifs full of history and significance.  Young girls would learn to work each motif without following a pattern, they just "know" where to put the holes to make the design work.  The designs are geometric and romantic all at the same time, with picoted edgings that are knit at the same time as the center panel, or the stitches are picked up and knit on...  The finished shawls are huge, but so fine and light that they can be pulled through a wedding ring.  The one at the conference was pewter colored, and as gossamer as a spider's web.  You could see through it like you can see through a light snoflakey frost on the windows in February.  The goat down has a light gently fuzzy shimmery halo, as soft as a butterfly landing on your hand and fluttering it's wings.  The silk in the yarn lends strength, but also the glint and shine of spun metal.

I thought I could appreciate the beauty having only seen photographs... then I saw and touched a real Orenburg shawl.  Unbelievable!  I had already purchased several books on the topic, acquired a russian spindle, and started practicing making superfine laceweight yarn with cashmere and silk... Now I know that I must someday give this a real try. 

Another talented blogger I follow (Rebecca over at Doilies are Stylish) showed some photographs of a similar shawl in her private collection... which can be seen here.  I tried to find Photographs that showed these shawls... but was sadly disappointed by the lack of adequate pictures that show the true art.  Go and See Rebecca's photos... they're great!

16. September 2009 08:18
by Jobo
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Wedding Pics... in case you were Curious?

16. September 2009 08:18 by Jobo | 2 Comments

Just wanted to post a few of the professional wedding pics... just got them back last week as a finished album!  Our Photographer Buffie Boily did an absolutely amazing job capturing the day, and taking unique and imaginative photos at every turn.  We had to wait a while to get the final product back, but she made this unbelievable album with a leather bound cover and laminated pages... where the photos just gleam off the page.  Anyways... here are a few of the best shots :)  I feel like a movie star!

The Wedding Party... photos taken in my Grandmother's Backyard!

Along the Summerside Waterfront... just before it poured rain! 

My Grandmother's Green Barn Door

 

Down a red dirt road in Lot 16... just a mile or so from the Church

What a lovely day :P

 

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