What better way for me to celebrate the beginning of National Wool Week than by finding out that First Frost is now being published in Estonia.
First Frost: Cozy Folk Knitting (Interweave 2014), is a celebration of Northern, Nordic and Baltic decorative folk knitting techniques and in particular those techniques used for folk mitten, glove and sock making.
There are projects for women, men, children and the home and you can explore unique folk techniques such as knotted and decorative cast ons, braiding, steeking, colour work, distinctive regional shaping, decorative fringing, embroidery, thrumming and twined and twisted stitches.
I am particularly pleased, as just lately Estonian knitting has been receiving – quite deservedly – a great deal of interest and there are now many fascinating books available on this subject.
I’ve written about Designs and Patterns from Muhu Island and Haapsalu Rätt before and you can find out about more recent publications here.
So many knitting techniques – so little time!
Hot Head Helga is descended from the ancient snow dragons of Iceland and she should really be addressed as Heitt Höfuð Helgardóttir – but that’s another story.
Helga is the sixth and final project in Kids Learn to Stitch and you can really have fun deciding how you would like to decorate her – with buttons, beads, sequins and all sorts of other things, as well as all the lovely stitches that you would have learned to make!
Bill the Bird flew north long ago and now really misses his family. He is the fifth project in Kids Learn to Stitch and I just know that he would really appreciate having a whole flock of little feathered friends made to keep him company.
Didier Le Chein is French, of course, but as he hasn’t lived in France for such a long time, he doesn’t mind being called Did the Dog – he’s very easy going like that.
Being the fourth project in Kids Learn to Stitch, he is lots of fun to make as you can not only practice your stitching, you can now practice making running stitch seams too! Formidable!