October 30, 2008
And now, the winner!
It was easy enough to ask all of you to name your favorite pattern from Nancy Bush's Knitted Lace of Estonia: Techniques, Patterns, and Traditions. A much more complicated question: which one do I like the best?
Here's how I'd rank my top three:
1. The Crown Prince Square Shawl graces the cover of the book with good reason: it is majestic. It's impressive in every aspect, starting with its huge size (52" square) and ending with the perfect balance of all the elements. If I knit this shawl, I think I'll go down a needle size or two - I think it will be just as impressive as a 45" square, and a bit more practical to boot :).
2. The airiness of the Queen Silvia Shawl boggles my mind. What does it feel like to be wrapped up in a cloud? If I knit up this shawl, I will let you know ;). Of all the shawls, this is the one I would knit for myself.
3. Something about the double border of the Lilac Leaf Shawl is very attractive to me. It's more geometric than the others, but still maintains the floral elements common to Estonian knitted lace motifs. If I were to knit this pattern, I would try to get the recommended gauge exactly, because the drape of the one in the book is phenomenal.
The fact that all three are white doesn't matter to me. I can see past their starkness - white is the traditional color of Estonian knitted lace, and Nancy Bush stuck with it in most of the patterns. I can imagine each one in a vibrant burgundy, or a bright green... and if I can't, I'll just have to knit it and see it in person!
And what about our winner? What in this book caught her attention? Linda (no blog) writes,
"These are unbelievably beautiful. I am literally in tears looking at all these beautiful shawls. My favorite stitch of all time is lily-of-the valley. Look at all those nupps! (squeal) Thanks for letting us preview the book."
You're welcome, Linda, and I'm thrilled to give my extra copy to a fellow nupp-squealer :). I'll be sending you an e-mail shortly!
Speaking of nupps, I cannot resist sharing one more historical tidbit with you. On page 12, Ms. Bush writes, "Shawls were typically sold by weight, and those containing nupud (nupps) weighed more and could bring a higher price. Nupps were (and still are) proof that a shawl was handknitted, as they cannot be made by machine."
Forever, I'm a nupp worshiper.
Do you realize that I didn't showcase all of the shawls in Knitted Lace of Estonia? You have yet to see the Peacock Tail and Leaf Scarf, the Lehe Square Shawl, or the Miralda's Triangular Shawl! Something to look forward to when you get your own copy, right? I am certain you will love them!