Haapsalu Rätt

This book arrived last week but I haven’t had a chance to look at it properly until now.
There seems to have been a steady stream of interesting knitting books coming out of Estonia in the last few years and this one is no exception – it is lovely!

It’s a fairly big, heavy, hard back book which demands a bit of space on your shelves but its size means that you can see the lace samples and charts easily.
Inside there is quite a treasury of stitch patterns including many designs which use the beautiful and textural Estonian nupp (which rhymes with soup). You can buy it from here, and if you want to know more about Estonian knitting look here on Ravelry.

I also found this old Dalarna horse this week – it is beautifully hand painted in lovely, subtle colours.

And it was the lovely colours which made me pick up these Little Balls from Pick Up Sticks! when I was in New York –  I think they would make great gifts or stocking fillers. Each ball comes with a free pattern to make a felted flower – here you can see shades Petal, Burgundy, Tomato and Moss.

The Little Snuglets look good too..

It was also really nice to hear from Ullcentrum and Riihivila this week, two of the yarn companys which had supported Northern Knits Gifts. There has  a bit of a delay, but they have finally received their copies of the book.
Thank you Ann and Leena!

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