MaryJoo asked about the Amedro book – yes, it’s called “Shetland Lace” and I’ll certainly keep you in touch with developments on the publishing front.
In a comment on last Saturday’s post you remark most interestingly on the similarities among Orenburg lace and Estonian and Arctic, and ask about Scandinavia, Sweden in particular. They don’t seem to go in for lace up there. Sheila McGregor says so specifically in “Traditional Scandinavian Knitting”. Vibeke Lind in the wonderful “Knitting in the Nordic Tradition” includes Faroese shawls but nothing else.
Curious. Maybe lace knitting flourished where winters were (and are) cold and damp. All that deep, deep, deep snow in Scandinavia elicited a different response. Does that work? What are winters like in Orenburg?
Kate, I’m glad you like the Kirkmichael postcard we are about to add to our collection. My husband had the idea the other day – and I think this is something we had probably better do and not just talk about – that we should show the collection to an old friend who has lived in Kirkmichael all her life. She’d be interested to see it, and might have some interesting memories to add to some of the images.
She’s 80, and lives with her husband in the Old Smiddy. The house in the right foreground of this picture is gone. Jean and Jock are down by the river, sort of behind it.
Here’s where I am with the dinosaurs – two of the eight legs of the middle rank established on the front of the sweater. We’re getting there. Helen ChronicKnittingSyndrome found a dropped stitch when she was here on Tuesday – it is in mid-dinosaur and won’t be hard to repair. It is now safely secured.
I was too tired to contemplate dinosaurs when I got back from Kirkmichael on Thursday night, so I added to the scarf.
I am rather taken with the Liesl pattern that everybody is talking about – and knitting in a weekend.