Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Last week I became the lucky recepient of one of the most beautiful knitting books I have ever seen: Haapsalu Sall by Siiri Reimann and Aime Edasi.
That this book is almost entirely in Estonian is no matter. I have written elsewhere about the universal language of knitting. And to simply have this stunning work in my hands for the beauty of the images and the examples of the most exquisite knitting is pleasure enough.
Tracing the tradition of fine knitted lace shawls originating from the western seaside town of Haapsalu, this book describes both the history and the modern day interpretation of that tradition.
This book is beautifully produced, with large full-colour images of the individual shawls.
The introductory section includes all the technical details to execute one of these rectangular or square shawls yourself. Some of the instructions are also in English, to help with some of the basic steps.
Once you understand the basic construction, you can then take advantage of this rich resource of stitch patterns to build your own version of the Haapsalu shawl. Each stitch pattern warrants its own page, with a large-size image of the pattern and a detailed graph underneath.
More than just a knitting how-to book, this coffee-table size book is a work of art in its own right. It treats the art of knitting as just that, an art.
How can you get your own copy? Well, I got mine through the diligent efforts of the wonderful Marsha White at the Needle Arts Book Shop in Toronto. I got the last copy. Whew! But if you plead with her, she might try to get some more copies in for you.
Posted by Ilga Leja on 09/29 at 11:56 AM