While most people in Salt Lake City were enjoying a fabulously beautiful weekend, a few of us spent two days in a refrigerator knitting lace.
I went to Nancy Bush’s 2-day Estonian Lace class at Westminster College, and the room was absolutely frigid. We couldn’t figure out how to do anything to the thermostat to make it anything other than cold and colder. Fortunately, Nancy had dozens of shawls with her, so there we sat – swaddled in her shawls. I suspect someone may have sabotaged the system just so that we could wear Nancy’s shawls. I wish I had a photo, but I’d forgotten my camera and my cell phone’s battery was dead.
Even the second day, armed with my Central Park Hoodie, Seaweed wrap, long-sleeved sweater and jeans, I was still cold and wishing I’d brought some fingerless gloves.
But the class made enduring the cold well worthwhile. We knitted a sample shawl:
And started a pattern sampler.
I learned that knitting a nupp (rhymes with “soup”, by the way) isn’t as difficult as I thought it would be, as long as you make sure your loops are really loose. (See Nancy demonstrate the technique here.)
In fact, it makes me want to knit one of the shawls in Nancy’s book “Knitted Lace of Estonia” that I loved but didn’t think I’d want to tackle since it has over a thousand nupps – the Queen Silvia Shawl.
We enjoyed Nancy’s stories, photos from Estonia, and got to see all those beautiful shawls in person. Some she knitted, some were gifts, and some were purchased in Estonia. All were gorgeous. We even got to see a gorgeous shawl that will be in an upcoming book, and I definitely want that pattern. The fact that it was knitted in 100% cashmere didn’t hurt, either.
Now I just need to figure out what to do with an 11 x 14 inch “shawl”. I tried to put it on the cat, but she didn’t appreciate it at all.