Reviews, WiP Posts

More mail from Estonia!

Hi again!  (I’m trying to do better at posting every week, we’ll see how long I can keep this up!)

So, earlier this week I received another parcel from overseas!  Well, two actually.  After getting the stitch dictionary I posted about earlier, I decided I needed a copy of the first edition as well, so I snagged one off of eBay.  I probably didn’t need to –  but there are a few stitch patterns in it that aren’t in the second edition, so you know – my ‘had to have it’ reflex kicked in. 🙂

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1st edition. 1978.

My second parcel was my order from Saara.   I ordered a couple books and some yarn while I was at it.  The parcel took a bit of time to get here, but it was packaged very well and made it in excellent shape.

I’m anxious to cast on with this yarn!  And the books are both stunning.

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Yarn: Hea 30/2 – 100% wool laceweight, about 1600 yards per skein.

The ‘Traditions and Techniques’ book is chock full of historical information as well as stitch patterns and knitting techniques for everything from casting on to stranding, Estonian lace, entrelac and brioche, among several others.

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The ‘Haapsalu Shawl’ book is a large, beautiful coffee-table quality book.  It has a good section on the history of the Haapsalu shawl, with gorgeous photos throughout.  The bulk of the book is the stitch patterns, and they are presented with clear and large photos and charts.dsc02100dsc02101dsc02102I am very happy with my haul from Estonia, and am now more than ready to tackle writing my article on Estonian Lace!

On the knitting front, my lace shawl is coming along nicely!  I’m not sure how much of it I’ll get done before my design yarn comes in a week or so – I’m doing a pair of socks for the next edition of Cast On, so as soon as that yarn arrives I’ll need to start working on those.

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Yarn: CTW Hunter Yarns Sparkle Sock in color Frozen Icicles

Oh, and in case in you didn’t know – this whole month is the yarnlovechallenge over on Instagram!  I’m doing my best to play along every day – check me out on Instagram, and check out all the really cool photos people are posting for the challenge!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!!

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I got a new Stitch Dictionary!

Hello again!  I hope your January has been a good one.  Mine has!

In preparation for doing research and writing an article and pattern on Estonian Lace, I’ve ordered a few books directly from Estonia.  The first one arrived earlier this week: Pitsilised Koekirjad by Leili Reimann (2nd edition 1986).  (As near as I can figure out – the title means Lace Knitting.  But I do not speak or read Estonian, so that is just a guess!)

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This is an Estonian Lace stitch dictionary.  I found this second edition from a seller in Estonia on Etsy.  It was reasonably priced for such a hard-to-find book, even with shipping!

Although the beginning pages are all in Estonian (it is a book for Estonians after all) – the rest of the book is simply pictures of swatches and charts.  The pictures are mostly in black and white – the first few are in color – which is fine for showing stitches.  Some of the pictures are of a pretty low quality, which makes seeing the actual stitch pattern difficult, but that is the exception.  The charts use a different set of symbols than we here in the States are used to, but thankfully there is a pdf translation of the symbols available online.

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I’m excited to start swatching from the book and trying some stitch patterns out!  After discovering that the first edition has some different stitch patterns in it, I’ve ordered a copy of the 1st edition off ebay as well. 🙂 (I’m a sucker for a good stitch dictionary, especially lace!)  I’ll post about it when it gets here!  I do have a couple more Estonian books headed my way (and some yarn as well) – I’ll post about those when they get here as well- hopefully they will arrive soon.  I’m really excited to delve deeper into this topic for my article!

Happy Knitting!

 

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ChiaoGoo Mini Needles – Unboxing

I adore the ChiaoGoo Twist interchangeable needles set.  They are currently my go-to needles for just about every project.  When I heard they were coming out with a mini set (small needle gauges) I was super excited!  The majority of my knitting is on small gauge projects (size 4 and smaller).  And I knit a lot of socks.  So, I got on the waiting list to get them, and they arrived last week!

Here they are in their packaging:
New Twist Minis!

The Mini set in its zip pouch, which is designed to slip inside your current interchangeable case (brilliant!):

Zip bag with everything inside

Here are the tips in their sleeve, they are 5″ tips:

Tips in their sleeve

The size 000 and 00 needles are labeled on the needle with just dots – three dots for 000, two for 00.  The size 0,  1 and 1.5 are labeled on the needle as usual.

Cables:

Cables

Cute accessories case:

Accessories case

Comes with heart rubber grippy thing, two mini end stoppers, a couple tightening keys (the standard keys that come with the regular set are too large for this set), stitch markers and 2 mini connectors.

Accessories case.

I have yet to actually use them, but I did pull them out and fit a few of the needles to some of the cables to see how they were.  The screw threads seemed a bit tight or uneven on a couple – it was not easy to join the tip to the cable and it took more elbow grease than on my larger set.  I think that’s just the tiny gauge and will get better with use. They did all end up joining well, and the join is super smooth with no ridge or gap at the join.

I can’t wait to get a project on these needles!  I will keep you posted once I actually use them.

I ordered mine from Handsome Fibers (Love them!  Highly recommend the shop!) at a cost of $85 for the set.

Until next time,

Happy Knitting!