And now, the winner!

It was easy enough to ask all of you to name your favorite pattern from Nancy Bush’s Knitted Lace of Estonia: Techniques, Patterns, and Traditions. A much more complicated question: which one do I like the best?

Here’s how I’d rank my top three:


1. The Crown Prince Square Shawl graces the cover of the book with good reason: it is majestic. It’s impressive in every aspect, starting with its huge size (52″ square) and ending with the perfect balance of all the elements. If I knit this shawl, I think I’ll go down a needle size or two – I think it will be just as impressive as a 45″ square, and a bit more practical to boot :).

2. The airiness of the Queen Silvia Shawl boggles my mind. What does it feel like to be wrapped up in a cloud? If I knit up this shawl, I will let you know ;). Of all the shawls, this is the one I would knit for myself.

3. Something about the double border of the Lilac Leaf Shawl is very attractive to me. It’s more geometric than the others, but still maintains the floral elements common to Estonian knitted lace motifs. If I were to knit this pattern, I would try to get the recommended gauge exactly, because the drape of the one in the book is phenomenal.

The fact that all three are white doesn’t matter to me. I can see past their starkness – white is the traditional color of Estonian knitted lace, and Nancy Bush stuck with it in most of the patterns. I can imagine each one in a vibrant burgundy, or a bright green… and if I can’t, I’ll just have to knit it and see it in person!

And what about our winner? What in this book caught her attention? Linda (no blog) writes,

“These are unbelievably beautiful. I am literally in tears looking at all these beautiful shawls. My favorite stitch of all time is lily-of-the valley. Look at all those nupps! (squeal) Thanks for letting us preview the book.”

You’re welcome, Linda, and I’m thrilled to give my extra copy to a fellow nupp-squealer :). I’ll be sending you an e-mail shortly!

Speaking of nupps, I cannot resist sharing one more historical tidbit with you. On page 12, Ms. Bush writes, “Shawls were typically sold by weight, and those containing nupud (nupps) weighed more and could bring a higher price. Nupps were (and still are) proof that a shawl was handknitted, as they cannot be made by machine.”

Forever, I’m a nupp worshiper.

Do you realize that I didn’t showcase all of the shawls in Knitted Lace of Estonia? You have yet to see the Peacock Tail and Leaf Scarf, the Lehe Square Shawl, or the Miralda’s Triangular Shawl! Something to look forward to when you get your own copy, right? I am certain you will love them!


18 thoughts on “And now, the winner!

  1. Lynn

    I was so excited to see your review of the book because I knew my own copy was on its way, and now I have it in my hot little hands! A fabulous book. Also, I I was so excited to see your review of the book because I knew my own copy was on its way, and now I have it in my hot little hands! A fabulous book. Also, I <3 Nancy Bush.

  2. Divine Bird Jenny

    I need this book, I really do. Because, y’know, I knit so much lace. XD I keep MEANING to knit, but then more socks call my name. I wonder if my friend in BioTech can make an extra pair of arms for me…hmmm. 😀

  3. Laritza

    Glad you got the book and liked it so much. I love it too although I would have liked another couple large shawls in it. I love large shawls Princess and the Wedding Ring Shawl just to name a couple. That does not mean the stitch patterns don’t lend themselves to some original designs. To Ms Bush and all others, I hate to brake the bubble but nupps can be made by machine ask me how I know!

  4. Diane

    There are *more* shawls than what you showed us? Dear lord. I’m going to have to interlibrary loan this as soon as I stop having books overdue…

  5. Mona

    Wonderful book! It is now in my most-wanted list even though I’m not really up to knitting these kinds of shawls skill-wise yet. I do love learning about how different knitting styles evolved through history, for its own sake.

    And… “Nupp” is my new word for the day 🙂

  6. Trish

    Wow – lace scares the bejasus out of me when it’s knit in such a fine gauge. What’s the mental trick to it? How do you put yourself in a mindset to do it? I’d love some tips!

  7. Debbie

    I have my copy on hold at a local yarn shop, and I can’t wait to pick it up! Thanks for the great contest.

  8. Sara

    I am tracking my package on and it can’t arrive fast enough. I’m more anxious than ever after this post!

  9. Linda M

    borders sent a really good coupon for this weekend… maybe they’ll have the book in stock for instant gratification, or I could use it on their website… thanks for the enablement!

  10. Seanna Lea

    I love everything I’ve seen from both this book and the Victorian Lace Today even though I don’t have either of them yet. Would you recommend for limited yardage (I have a fairly large number of skeins of laceweight in the 440 yard range) projects the Victorian Lace book over the Estonian Lace? They are both gorgeous, but I am not sure which one of them has more small-er yardage projects!

  11. Carrie

    I’m looking forward to starting one of these shawls first, if I can a) decide which one to knit and b) put off all of my holiday knitting. I took a class with Nancy last winter, and have been looking forward to the book ever since!

  12. Desiree

    I actually already recieved my copy of this book Wednesday and it definitely has some attractive patterns–Madli’s shawl is my favorite–but I have to be “Debbie Downer” and say that I wish they were more complex! Too much simplicity and I’ll fall asleep!

    I guess I’m a Shetland Lace lover til the end!

  13. domesticshorthair

    Ooh! Nupps! I love the look of them, but I’ve never knitted them, although I have knitted bobbles in Aran knitting, and I adore bobbles. I have Nancy Bush’s newest book, too, and I am eager to try those fun nupps!

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