onsdag 11 maj 2016

Estonian Knitting 1 - Traditions and techniques

We finally have received a copy of the English version of this book. I read about the Estonian edition on Kristi Jõeste´s blog a long time ago and almost bought it despite my lack of knowledge of the Estonian language. I imagined it to be all I wanted to know about Estonian knitting. I was really frustrated. And then ... it was to be an English version of it. I was thrilled, and I waited ... and waited.

"Estonian Knitting 1 - Traditions and techniques" is the first part of a trilogy. The authors are Anu Pink, Siiri Reimann and Kristi Jõeste. The book arrived today, so of course I have not read it in depth but I am so very impressed with it. The first 80+ pages "From ancient times to the present" gives the history of Estonian knitting in a clear and logic presentation. It is followed by "Tools and materials" telling of knitting needles, knitting bags, yarns and traditional colours. Then comes "Techniques" which is the best part of the book, a very impressive compilation of techniques used in Estonian knitting. It starts with "Holding the yarn and needles" followed by a number of cast-ons, basics, rib patterns, knit and purl combinations, stranded colourwork, inlay, braids. I can't recite the entire contents but there are of course also sections about nupps, lace, entrelac, fringes and borders and edges. If this book doesn't turn into a classic I don't know anything about knitting.

I often show some photos from books that I write about, but this book is so crammed with knowledge and useful illustrations that I find it very difficult to take a photo that does not give away to much information. Instead I recommend that you buy it!

So this first book is all about traditions and techniques. The second is to be about Socks and Stockings. The third will be about Gloves and Mittens. There is so much to look forward to. Many, many thanks to the three authors for making all this knowledge available.

Estonian knitting 1 - Traditions and techniques 
by Anu Pink, Siiri Reimann and Kristi Jõeste
Saara Publishing House 2016, Türi Estonia

4 kommentarer:

  1. I also bought the estonian version, knitted long stockings from the chart, but missed the intensive information

    I now can enjoy the book and use it as a preparation for the upcoming Craft Camp in Olustvere, in July...

  2. I have my copy of this book and I love it! Let's hope we don't have to wait too long for the next two books. I am really looking forward to the Mittens and Gloves Book!

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