I’ve died and gone to nupp heaven

Ladies and gentlemen, I have the book.

Ever since my glowing review of Victorian Lace Today, and the three VLT scarves that followed (plus one in progress!), I have been looking forward to the next “it” book for lace knitting. And here it is: Nancy Bush’s latest masterpiece, Knitted Lace of Estonia: Techniques, Patterns, and Traditions.

Don’t get me wrong: I love Victorian Lace Today to pieces, evidenced by the scarf after scarf I keep cranking out using its patterns. And I’m far from done! There are so many more gorgeous patterns in it that I’m dying to knit up.

It’s just that VLT set the bar so high. I have been itchy and anxious – can something, anything, rival this beauty? This extensive research, this breadth of patterns, this gorgeous photography? And let’s face it – it’s been two years since VLT, time to see a new face on that bookshelf!

Once I heard that Nancy Bush would be coming out with a book devoted to Estonian lace, I thought, here’s a contender for a new favorite! No hesitation, pre-ordered it at Amazon, plus hunted down every bookstore and LYS within 20 miles. And… I may have overdone it, because now I have two! Keep reading to see how my overzealous nature can benefit you!

I’m not going to declare Knitted Lace of Estonia “a new favorite” because it’s actually quite different from VLT, complementing it rather than replacing it. Well, the level of historical and technical detail contained in both books is similar.

KLE starts out with an extensive history of Estonian knitting, specifically as it developed in the coastal area of Haapsalu. We learn that, “Estonians had no written instructions for their patterns – the techniques and designs were handed down from one generation to the next.” Reverse engineering was common practice as women shared their knitted samplers. Shockingly (to me, at least!), knitters used lightweight wooden needles with rounded – not sharp – points. Oy! An accomplished knitter, we’re told, could complete twenty to thirty shawls during the quiet winter months.

As far as historical techniques are concerned, we learn that the square shawl is the stereotypical shape in Estonian knitting. It is usually comprised of a center panel and an edging, knit separately, and then joined together with a length of yarn and a sewing needle. Actually, the edging is made out of two identical pieces. Don’t worry – there’s no quiz at the bottom of this post and a diagram on page 31 :). Triangular shawls and rectangular shawls or scarves also exist, though they became commonplace a bit later, around the 1930s.

A note: Even though square shawls are the most traditional, KLE contains patterns for 9 rectangular shawls/scaves, 3 triangular shawls, and 2 square ones. Makes me very happy (I’m still kind of done with triangular shawls, especially if knitting for myself). The patterns call for laceweight or fingering weight yarns, and I would rate all of them as suited for the intermediate or advanced knitters.

The chapter devoted to specific Estonian stitches pretty much blew my mind. It’s by far my favorite! The nupps, the fancy decreases, the “take 5 stitches together then make 5 new stitches” (I am not making that up!) add amazing texture and dimensionality. It’s what makes Estonian patterns so unique and gorgeous! For a process-knitting junkie like me, it’s the sound of angels singing. Aaaaaahhhh! Let’s not even talk about the delightfully-extensive charts spanning whole pages. Oh my!

All of those techniques are useful in deciphering the “Estonian Lace Stitch Dictionary” at the back of the book, which contains 25 center panel repeats and 13 edging variations. If you want to design your own shawl, you can mix and match those options using the guidelines laid out in the initial chapters.

Last, but not least, the book contains detailed information on blocking and finishing, including how to tug each stitch of the lace edge to open it up (should your OCD tendencies take over… as surely mine will). Look at the edge of the goldenrod scarf below to see what I’m talking about.

And now, please, help yourselves to the gorgeousness in the extended entry. You won’t regret it ;). Click on any photo to view a larger version, and then let me know which one(s) is or are your favorite in the comments!

At random, I will select one person from the comments to receive a free copy of this book! (the one I duplicate ordered – D’oh!) One entry per person, please, and I will close the comments on Thursday evening, 10 p.m. EST. ETA: Comments have now been closed. Thank you for playing!



795 thoughts on “I’ve died and gone to nupp heaven

  1. Bertha

    Oh man! My favorite is the 6th picture down (dark haired woman in red shirt with folded scarf)! Second favorite is the 3rd pic down (another red shirt). I seem to be more drawn to rectangular lace objects than triangle lace objects for some reason…These all look beautiful though.

  2. Kat

    Those are stunning. My favorite is the second one down in the right column. Reminds my of those little white spring flowers (sorry, don’t know their name).

  3. adrienne

    Oh wow, they’re all gorgeous! The book sounds great, but I love the pinky-brown shawl at the top right, and the mustard yellow one too. So pretty!

  4. Laura

    Oh, lovely! The middle one on the left is my favorite – do snowdrops grow on vines? I don’t think so, but if the did, they’d look like this. (The border between the body and the edging looks sort of odd to me, though.)

  5. Amy A.

    Too beautiful to choose! But if I must, my favorite would be the first…so light and airy. I was recently married and still have wedding on the brain…I think this would make a special bride a very special wedding shawl.

  6. susan

    I think the square shawl on the bottom row is incredible. I enjoy the combined stitches at the intersections. Thanks for the extended post.

  7. AHD in CO

    I really like the 3rd down on the left side – looks like lily of the valley flowers. I own Victorian Lace Today and am on my second project.

  8. Cindy

    I love the first one! Looks classy and timeless! I’m all about taking simple clothes and adding some wonderful accessory, this would be beautiful!

  9. ann

    Wowza! I totally love the red scarf. It sings to me. I’m still working through reading my copy of VLT… and waiting for my cabling phase to give way to lace. πŸ™‚ soon I hope!

  10. ellebee

    The big white square one, bottom row, middle, is my favorite! I’d love to be able to make one of those some day!

  11. katharine

    Beautiful! El12 would make a gorgeous table cloth as well, I really do love the versatility of the square designs.

  12. Elinor

    That looks like such an amazing book. I still lust after VLT, too. I haven’t knit a lot of lace, but I love it. My favorite from that selection has to be the one bottom middle: just wow.

  13. Danielle

    Oh! I love rectangular lace, so I might have to get this book! The ones in the lower right and upper left are my favorites of what I see here, although it looks like they are all winners.

  14. CarolynEll

    Beautiful! I just got inspired to continue working on the Estonian Garden shawl I’m working on as a wedding shawl for my friend (never mind the wedding was a year ago…). I’m still intimidated by the nupps to come, but perhaps a copy of the book will help!

    I love that yellow scarf in the corner.

  15. Tania

    I think I’m all for the square one. I appreciate how many different leaf patterns she uses though! I love leafy lace patterns.

  16. Eleanor (undeadgoat)

    So gorgeous! I love the look of Estonian lace, especially the nupps. So . . . so interesting! If I were to make one, it would probably be the yellow scarf, as I’m definitely a beginning lace knitter (whoo eyelets! go mesh stitches!), but I would definitely have a lot of fun with this book–I do love a fiber instruction book with a meaty historical section.

  17. Nancy

    It’s really hard to pick a favorite because they are all so beautiful! I really like the white one that is second down on the right, but perhaps the one I like best the the very last, pink one. I would like to make a rectangular shawl next, and either one of those would be wonderful! Thanks for the preview!

  18. Meghan L.

    Oh dear, gorgeousness. I actually just started my first “lace” project, so this is hardcore inspiration! I love the flowers, but I’m going to have to say that the top right one is my favorite–soo pretty. =)

  19. Eleanor (undeadgoat)

    . . . Aand I hit “post” before noting my favorite. My favorite just to look at is probably el8–the tan scarf with the nupps–even though it’s not the most technically challenging–it’s just so lush.

  20. rebecca

    I think I like the 8th one best . . . the one in red. There appear to be many crazy stitches in these shawls . . . do you remember the first time you p5 tbl?

  21. kelley

    I know that you’re pretty much done with triangular shawls, but I haven’t done enough to tire of them yet. Can’t wait to see the book in person.

  22. Laura

    I love this book! How can you pick just one shawl, I just know that I must learn to knit faster! Love this site!!

  23. Mary

    My favorites, row 1 right and row 3 left, because I can see myself making them. For simple beauty, row 1 left. Thanks, Kathy! Can’t wait until you start blogging about your progress. Your lace entries have been among my favorites.

  24. Rachel

    I really like the pink-ish one at the bottom right hand corner. I, for one, don’t like triangular shawls (fine for otherse, just not for me – I only like rectangular), so this sounds like a wonderful book for a person like me. Especially since I haven’t knit a lace shawl for myself yet. Thank you so much for the review!

  25. Diane in CA

    I am a huge fan of Nancy Bush’s sock books and can only imagine how fabulous her new Estonian Lace book will be. My personal favorite is the the dusty pink one in the lower right corner.

  26. Flan

    Wow. Such gorgeousness. I’m torn between the top one on the left and the third one down on the left…apparently I’m drawn to Lilly of the Valley patterns…

  27. Jane

    how to choose just one as a favorite? If I had to choose one, I’d go with the square one in the last row. Beautiful!

  28. Julia

    I love the second shawl- the smaller brown with diamonds. They are all beautiful, though. Makes me want to jump right in! Thanks for sharing.

  29. Diana

    Very inspiring. I love the one in the middle of the bottom row. But I think #3 (counting left to right, top to bottom) looks like one I’d actually wear.

  30. Cynthia A

    Hmmm…# 6 & 8, I think. They are the tan scarf with the woman in a red top, and the rust scarf below it on the woman in the brown top.

    All lovely, really πŸ™‚ Thank you for the contest!

  31. Jenn Reed

    EL4, row 1, column 3. I could totally see adapting this into a loose, airy cardigan that would be perfect for early fall with a cardigan, when you need light during the warm of day, but something to keep off the chill once the sun goes down.

  32. Brenda

    I kept clicking on the pictures and thinking, YES! This one is my favorite. I do love the second one down on the left, and the fourth one on the left, oh, and the huge square one at the bottom. The book looks and sounds wonderful.

  33. Jennifer

    Oh, this is so difficult. Although the the scarf is a bit obscured in the photo, I think I like the third one down on the right. The model is wearing a red shirt, and the scarf is a camel/brown colour. I have the perfect yarn for it!

  34. RLR

    The red one (#8) . . . or maybe the tan one (#6). As with VLT, deciding which one to start with could be a problem.

  35. Davy

    Oh. My. Goodness. I *love* Estonian lace. I knit Laminaria (from Knitty) which uses a lot of Estonian techniques and loved every second. I think my favorite from the photos is the red one! Such a great color.

  36. MrsBeanie58

    They’re all lovely, but I like the middle one on the bottom the best. Thanks for offering your extra book!

  37. Aditi

    ooh wow! What a comprehensive review! I love that first one and the red one, though they’re all pretty glorious!

  38. Jardee

    I like them all, but I have to say that the first one (top left) is my favorite! I have this on my Christmas list, so I have been good and I haven’t purchased a copy for myself. But winning a copy in a contest is not cheating at all!!!

  39. elizabeth

    Thanks for reviewing this book. I hadn’t heard of it before. The pictures are beautiful. I especially like the orange scarf. The lace here looks really wearable.

  40. not supergirl

    Oh, these are lovely. I prefer the two in the third row so far, but they all look amazing to me!

  41. Carolyn

    I think I’m with you on the 3rd down – red shirt scarf. But I also really really love the more solid looking mustard scarf on the bottom row. Must make!

  42. Rose Red

    Thanks for posting all of these pictures! Just gorgeous. I think my favourite is the white square in the bottom row – following closely by the pink one on the right of it!

  43. Emily

    Although every single one of these patterns looks amazing, I can’t take my eyes off the elegance that is the third down in the right column!

    I can’t wait to see what you choose to make from this book first ^_^

  44. karla (threadbndr)

    I love the one on the left in the next to the bottom set of pictures – dark dress with the branches in the background. LOVE that deep border.

    I, too, get more use out of my stoles rather than my triangles (so why is “Peacock Feathers” up next? Beats me, but I’m itching to cast it on.)

    I been fascinated with the nupps for ages. And I have a deep and abiding love for Nancy Bush books – I have all her sock books!

  45. Lynn

    They are all gorgeous. I like the gold scarf in the last row. I am into geometric looking things right now.


  46. Leena

    Me me me me ME! Want to know why? Well, we are just having an exhibition at our library. There are real, wonderful shawls from Haapsalu to be admired there! TheyΒ΄re all white and beautiful, and theyΒ΄re knitted of very, very thin yarn. TheyΒ΄re supposed to be thin enough to be drawn through a ring, the shawls! ThatΒ΄s amazing. Want to participate, as I would love to have that book!

  47. klaus

    I COMPLETELY lost track of what month it was and didn’t realize this book was coming out so soon! Oh man….it looks so great.

    I think my favorite is the second row, on the left; I really like leaf motifs. But I also really like the one on the left of the bottom row (the golden medallions.) Really interesting, strong motif.

  48. rebecca jc

    Thanks for offering the book. It looks wonderful and challenging. I really like the second shawl on the first row ( the beige one). It looks so ethereal. Next favorite is the first shawl on the second row (white with red dress). The vining leaves are really nice. I don’t know if my knitting skills would be up to doing any of them yet but they are inspiring.

  49. Helen

    Thank you SO much for posting these pictures! I’m in a state of near-worship of these lacy beauties. My favorite is: fifth down (white shawl, dark blue tank top). If I do not win the book, I will HAVE to buy it. :o) What an awful problem, eh?

  50. Karen

    I like the top right hand side shawl. It looks like a smaller project for someone like me who doesn’t have a whole lot of time to knit.

  51. Jessica

    My favourite is the third from the top, on the left. The pattern reminds me of the delicate white bells of lily of the valley with their wonderful spring smell, stems and all. I like the soft, rounded shape too of this piece.

  52. Steph

    What beauties! I absolutely love the red one! The tan one just above it gorgeous too. I guess I really need to keep working on my lace knitting skills so I can tackle those! *grin*

  53. eca

    i like the first scarf on the last one, the mustard looking one. it looks like the only one i can do as a novice! the others serve as inspiration

  54. jen

    The main stitch pattern in first photo appears to be similar to one Evelyn Clark used in her Estonian Garden pattern. (http://www.fibertrends.com/viewer/patterns/S2009.html) That was my first project using laceweight and I had to give up on the nupps. It looks like there are a few projects in KLE that will be nupp-worthy (esp. the last one photographed), so I’ll have to try again.

    Thanks for the detailed review of KLE. I bought VLT after reading your glowing review and hope to get a copy of KLE soon.

  55. Mystery

    That scarf three down on the right is my favorite. It is pretty and intricate, but still suitable for everyday wear.

  56. Katy

    My favorite is the third one down on the left. The shawl looks like it was made for graceful ballroom dancing and twirling. The stitch pattern somehow reminds me of ballerina legs.

  57. AnaMarie

    This book needs to be my next purchase! VLT is my favorite book, one of two I brought with me when I moved to Japan recently. I love the technical discussion and diagrams from VLT, and can’t wait to get my hands on this one too!

  58. Therese

    Thanks for showing these pics! I saw the book at a LYS over the weekend but didn’t buy it because I’m saving it as a treat for finishing some current projects.

    Right now my favorites are the top two shawls on the right.

  59. Jessica

    My favorite is the red one. But they are all gorgeous! Can I just say though…how can these women have possibly knit 30 shawls in one winter with rounded needles! I have trouble finding time for one with pointy needles! At any rate, thanks for the review on the book–I may have to add it to my Christmas list!

  60. Rachael

    I saw proofs of several pages back in August, and saw a few days ago that there were project pages set up on ravelry, and I can’t possibly pick a favorite. I’m a sucker for patterns that look like lily of the valley, so of the ones you’ve shown, I’d say the first, fourth, and fifth, although the middle one on the bottom is also fantastic.

  61. Kay

    Oh my.

    *flails* I’ve recently developed a love for nupps, with their little pebble-texture, and all of those shawls/scarves are completely gorgeous! I’m particularly enamoured with the very last photo, but all are beautiful.

  62. Magalie

    Oh wow! As I viewed the photos the clouds parted and the angels sang… I’m still in awe of the beauty.

  63. Van

    Your reviews and photos lured me out from lurking. I’ve been thinking about this book, and now will definitely have to buy it. Thanks for sharing.

  64. Misstea

    Oh. My. I haven’t even gotten around to purchasing VLT. Now I have another one to add to my list.

    Those photos are amazing. I could totally see me removing repeats on the “square” shawls and making stoles.

  65. Ebony

    I absolutely love the square white shawl. I have no idea who I could give it to though, since I so rarely keep shawls for myself. Thanks for the review!

  66. Kathleen

    omg. how do you decide where to start? They’re all gorgeous. I’d love to have that dilemma, though. Looking forward to learning who is the lucky winner.

  67. .: tani :.

    i can’t believe i forgot to preorder this book! all of the patterns are lovely, but i especially love the fact there are a number of rectangular stoles. wow. i can’t stop obsessing…lucky you! can’t wait to see what you make. πŸ™‚

  68. JoezGal

    Love, love, love the shawl in the first photo: it’s so ethereal! Thanks for the great review of this book. Knew it had to be a winner if it had Nancy Bush’s name on it!

  69. May

    My favorite is the center square pattern in the last row. That would some effort to make I’m sure. I’d love to win a copy πŸ™‚ I’ve been eyeing it for a while. Will have to go on the xmas list I think. With the continuing drop of Canadian $ in the exchange I won’t be buying a copy for a while….

  70. Bethieee

    Ooh, those are so pretty.

    I had been on the fence about this book, but these pictures made up my mind. Thanks for the post, and the contest!

  71. Erica

    oh man, they are all so gorgeous! i think 6 is my favorite… anyways, thanks for the heads up on a great book to look out for

  72. Arlin

    Is it my eyes, os are those bobbles mixed with lace pattern?

    It’s so amazing! I recently bought a Japanese stitchionary which has a lot of never-seen-before patterns of cables, lace, and ‘hook’ work, but the pictures just challenge me even further!

  73. knitopia

    The one on the cover is just gorgeous. I would never attempt it, though; the scarf ones are more my level.

  74. Lee-Fay

    I love nupps too! I know some people really dislike knitting them, but they were in the swallowtail shawl and looked lovely!

  75. Siew

    I’m so much more a rectangle gal than a triangle gal. I’m with you on that for sure. When a good friend was telling her mom that I knit (her mom is an AMAZING knitter) she asked if I knit lace – I guess that’s a bar to be measured by!

  76. Fayette Shaw

    I like the top one on the right, the light brown “shawlette” and the third from the top on the right with “sprigs” and “bluebell” bobbles. I’ve never liked bobbles, but on that shawl and several of the others, they are so delicate.

  77. Carla B.

    #1 favorite: First shawl-Silvia (el3 by your label). Then followed closely by 2nd down, 2nd column (el6). I have my eye on this book, too. I love lace knitting, especially this intricate stuff. Thanks.

  78. D Louise

    Oh, the white stole with all the nupps…what can I say I’m a sucker for nupps. [I’m NOT voting for the one with a curved bottom because I already fell in love with that one in Piecework.]

  79. Bex

    Oh my, what beautiful shawls! I am drooling over them. I have been looking for the perfect stole to knit my roomy for her wedding and I think I will have to check this book out. Thanks Kathy!

  80. sil

    Wow, even an avowed non-lacer like me is loving those pix. I must give the very bottom left yellow circle scarf a huge shout out. Lovely!

  81. Ryn

    Oh. My. God. I had heard about this book, but didn’t have the foresight (or the finances) to pre-order it. Now I have seen it, and it is breathtaking! I, too, was very impressed with VLT and have been waiting for the next “it” book– living ten minutes from Lacis has certainly helped take the edge off, though. πŸ˜€

  82. Lauren

    I think I could get pretty obsessed with the second down on the right, the almost basketweave type texture is amazing!

  83. Lindsay

    Uh-oh, it looks like I’ll have to pick this one up! I may have fallen madly in love with the white square shawl in the bottom row… Oh me, oh my!

  84. Natalie

    Oh, this is a long shot, but I want to win this!!!

    I want this book so bad! I have loved Estonian lace since I knit the Laminaria from Knitty. Mmmmm.

  85. Carol Perecman

    Any one with the nupps that look like lilies of the valley–we had some in our yard when I was little, and I loved them. They were in my mother’s signature perfume, and though she is gone now, the scent lives in my memory. I would love to knit one of those shawls as a remembrance. Thanks for the opportunity to perhaps win the book! Love your blog, too.

  86. Gladys

    I was warned about nupps being hard, but they’re SO beautiful and not that hard, and I LOVE all of the shawls! Oh man, another lace book added to the shopping list!

  87. Cindy (Maxfun)

    Oh, I so want this book! We got one copy in the shop where I work, but a customer snagged it before I could.

    Of the pictures above, I particularly love the branching leaves pattern, first in the second row of pics. It has enough variety that it wouldn’t get boring to knit and it could be worn as either a scarf or a shawl. Major love. πŸ™‚

  88. terhi

    What a lovely book – I love the yellow scarf the most! It will be exciting to see which will be the first one for you. πŸ™‚

  89. barbinvic

    Thank you so much for reviewing this book. I’ve been harrassing my LYS looking for it, and by the look of the pictures you posted, it will be worth the wait. Mmmmm, lace. I can’t wait to see what happens once you begin–you’ll wow us all, I’m sure. As for my favourite, I can’t choose just one. I narrowed it down to the top left photo, and the centre bottom one. Thank you for putting your “spare” up for grabs.

  90. Diane

    The red one (4th down on the right). Or, the white one to the immediate left….No, the red one is my favorite. And, the review was most helpful.

  91. madison

    i love the *idea* of gigantically lovely square lace shawl, but i think, of the pictured ones, i like the very first one best. only i probably wouldn’t do the nupps (are those nupps? or just denser areas of knitting?). you turned me on to nany bush’s sock books, thank you very much (i do mean that), and now you’ve got me drooling over this one. the collection of mix-n-match patterns, particularly–i’m a pattern-hoarder. would you believe my library doesn’t carry this book?!

    oh, also–first time commenting, love your blog soooo much.

  92. Anna

    From what I can see in the pictures I love the 6th one; the scarf wrapped around the woman’s neck.

    Thanks for giving us the opportunity to win a copy of the book! πŸ™‚

  93. Noriko

    3rd one down, on the left. The white one modelled by the girl with a braid. It’s beautiful. What a lovely end to my birthday! I guess it’s no longer my birthday… since it ended 30 minutes ago. :o) But I will say it is and call it a night.

  94. Emily

    Well, hard to choose. The red one? I’m not sure, I think I like quite a few!

    And you’ll have your work cut out picking a random winner from all these comments!

    Ps.: I’m a Nancy Bush fan no matter what!

  95. Genny

    Definitely number 5, the soft triangle where the model has her hair pulled over her right shoulder. This book looks amazing!

  96. Ühltje

    Was it announced somewhere that you have a contest?

    That very large square one looks fantastic, but I think I would never ever wear something like that, so for actual knitting I’d probably go for the third one.

  97. Gordana

    I like them all. But since you asked us to choose just one I choose the red scarf. I have been fantasizing about the scarf like that for a while; I just did not get to the point to make one (it’s brewing πŸ™‚ Really great tradition in Estonia! Especially when I think of the fact they did not have written directions I admire their spirit and tradition. Enjoy your knitting!

  98. Karen S

    Oh my, they are all sublimely beautiful and I think I’d have a hard time chosing the fist one to knit… but that doesn’t stop me from lusting for them all πŸ˜‰

  99. Anne

    Ooooh – see all the pretty pretty nupps. I can’t choose just one – they’re all gorgeous, but EL6 shouts “Knit me!” the loudest.

  100. Nina

    Thank you for the pictures, so nice to see what this book contains, as release dates in the UK seem to be later.

    My favourite is the rectangular shawl second row down on the right. Its simple central pattern really shows off that beautiful motif.

  101. dawn in NL

    My favourite is the second row, right hand side, lovely lily of the valley type pattern.

    They are all gorgeous.

  102. Clare

    They are just spectacular! I love the red shawl (EL10), but I’m not sure that it isn’t just because it is a fantastic colour! I think my favourite is EL8 though, above the red one, which she is wearing a bit like a scarf. Thanks for the review!

  103. Francesca

    I think I like the red scarf best — but it’s really impossible to pick just one. That choice is probably based on the fact that the red is a perfect rustic color — I can just see the scarf being a treasured belonging for an Estonian farm girl.

    Having some Estonian blood in me, of course I have Nancy Bush’s other Estonian Knitting book. But, I’m not really a sock knitter and mittens are usually overkill in California so I have been greatly looking forward to this book. Now I can do some heritage knitting for gifting to family members. I’m trying to hold off buying it so that it can go under the Christmas tree — but this blog post just made that bit of self-control a lot harder.

  104. Bullwinkle

    How did Nancy Bush go and make all those nups sooo pretty? I’m usually not a nups fan, but I’ve got to check these out. I’m torn, between the regularity of the first row, left and the slight waves of the second row right. I prefer rectangular shawls so I’d have to modify it – bottom row, center is my favorite.

  105. Angie

    Oh my gosh… pick just one? Wow… I’d have to say #3 (the second one down in the first column — white over a red shirt)

  106. Christine

    Ooo, I’m torn between the red one (8th one down) and the nice tan one which is right above it.

    I’ve been wondering about this book so thanks for your great review.

  107. tien

    I like the pinky one, the last one.

    But they are all beautiful. I was thinking about knitting a lace scarf, and this book makes the picking out of a pattern not easier…

  108. Mizzle

    They all look gorgeous, but I think I like the fourth (second row, second column) one best… I like the way all the lines seem to be curved, not straight, and the way the nupps (they’re nupps, right?) make the yarn almost seem to glow…

  109. jody

    I dearly long for this book. It’s not available through Amazon.co.uk at this time so I’m waiting a little while longer before searching it out through other channels. Nancy Bush is the best (or one of them).

  110. beth

    i am making one of hers from lace style(lily of the valley) NOW- she is totally brilliant! and i recognize madli’s shawl (bottom right) – which i also made and loved. guess i need this book. the square white is my new fav!

  111. Totoro

    Thanks for review, this is definitely a “must-have” book. Nearly impossible to choose just on favorite pic. I adore the first one, but would probably die knitting those nupps.

  112. frog

    How I now wish I’d pre-ordered this book when the aus dollar was worth more!

    I think the first one is my favourite. Though I’d just HAVE to knit that second last one.

  113. Ina

    I love Nancy Bush’s designs. I have all her books (except this one!).

    I think I like the third shawl most, the woman standing with the red shirt. I don’t see myself wearing it, but I desperately want to knit it!

  114. Hallie

    I like the white one in the bottom row, middle. I think the X’s are fantastic and remind me of hugs and kisses. I also really like the red scarf….probably the color pulling me in. Thanks for the peek!

  115. Jenn

    Must order this book….

    I love the 4th one down on the left side as well as the little yellow scarf, but they’re all incredible.

  116. patricia

    ooo my favorite is the last one (lower right).

    I don’t get the needles with rounded points thing – they obviously didn’t knit with cats in their laps.

  117. Marlyce Swinnerton

    I love them all!

    The closeup of the last scarf, the 11th one,

    is my favorite. Difficult choice though.

    Marlyce in Windsor, Ontario

  118. Susan Hemingway

    Wow, those are completely gorgeous! My favorite is the very airy scarf, second row on the left. I love the leaves, and how the nupps are placed, like a little sprinkling of nuts around the leaves.

  119. yarnmule

    EL10 is probably my favorite, but I wouldn’t kick any of them out of the knitting basket. I just started my second lace shawl ever, and lace knitting is so addictive!

  120. Niki

    I love the baby pink one at the very bottom. So sweet looking! I can’t imagine nupps on rounded needles – I had to do mine with super sharp size-1 dpns!

  121. Linda

    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.

  122. Jan

    Love the third and fourth ones on the right. Maybe because right now I have scarves on my mind instead of larger shawls. Hard to decide.

  123. plumbum

    The large square shawl, EL12 is wonderful and would make a fantastic christening shawl for a very special baby. I’d probably leap straight into EL5, though – because that too is lovely and looks more immediately achievable.

  124. denise in c'ville, va

    great balls of fire!

    top row, right hand corner photo.

    that lovely piece of lace could travel effortlessly through time.

    thanks. denise f in charlottesville, va.

  125. Linda

    I love VLT too but have yet to knit anything from it. Hopefully this new book will whip me into shape and get me cracking! πŸ˜›

  126. Steph VW

    I’ve been waiting for this book to come out too. It’s simply beautiful and awe inspiring.

    (Please excuse me for stalking your blog daily, but only commenting when you’re offering up goodies. You don’t have to put my name in the draw.)

  127. Donna B

    I have already faved several of these patterns on Ravelry, but having your recommend makes me want it even more! I have VLT (also bought on your recommendation) and love it.

  128. Karen

    Both the second down, left row and the middle, last row, call to me. If pushed, I’d choose the shawl depicted in the middle image of the last row.

    Cheers, Karen

  129. Melissa

    I love the 6th down. I’ve taken a little break from lace knitting since stretching myself on my first project and am really getting the bug again. Thanks for the taste of this book, it looks like wonderful book.

  130. Knitting Pirate

    I like the first one, EL3, the best – each motif looks like angel wings, and all together they remind me of a giant flock of birds taking flight.

    They’re all beautiful, though!

  131. Deana

    Oh man, I have to choose? The red one speaks loudest to me, but I think that may be because of the color. They are all so beautiful! I’m awestruck, completely.

  132. Tiffanie

    I love looking at all of the lace. I have been wanting to try to knit a lace shawl or stole but have been a little afraid to tackle such a project. I have been looking for something to catch my eye before I start since it is such a larger project. Definately want something you are going to love to knit. I have knit lace scarves but nothing big enough to cover a person. Love the Square one bottom center. Reminds me of my greatgrandmother she always had a shawl or wrap lying around, she loved tatting and crochet.

  133. Kuntzknit

    My favorite has to be the huge square on the bottom–an heirloom shawl. Why am I always attracted to the most ambitious projects? This decides it–I have to get this book for my self.

  134. elli

    I like the yellow scarf (last row, first pic). It’s a little less traditional than the rest and, being the contrary person that I am, I’m always attracted to the oddball πŸ™‚

  135. Jane in London

    I’ve made the one that was in Piecework – it took a few attempts to get the edging sewn on correctly, but it was really rather satisfying. Hated all those nupps, though. ~x~

  136. tantej

    You’ve already succeeded in making me ache for lace (I now have a copy of VLT to prove it!) Now this?!? They are all so gorgeous. I’ve spent a fair time looking these over, trying to concentrate on the pattern rather than the color, and I believe my favorite is the very last one; bottom row, right.

  137. Allyson

    I really like the two you mentioned as your favorites, but I also adore the very first picture. I love the way it flows. I actually have some kidsilk haze in a beautiful silver color that I think is destined to become a shawl from this book!

  138. Kristen

    I love them all!

    But the first one and the tan one are my favorites, if I have to pick one . . . or two, was it?

  139. Veronique

    I see what you mean about nupp heaven! Wow, these scarves truly are gorgeous. Even if I don’t win your contest, I think I’ll go out and get my own copy πŸ™‚

  140. Jennifer

    Wow – hard to pick! I like the top right corner one – so cute! But EL8 and EL10 catch my interest too. I do seem to prefer something smaller. Good to know as I’m itching to choose and make my first real lace project. Thanks for the inspiration.

  141. Ann

    I’m in a scarf phase right now and so the 3rd one down on the right really speaks to me. I’m sure I have yarn in the stash for it too!

  142. Karen C

    I love what I see so far of this book! Looks like a wonderful combination of historical detail and gorgeous knitting. I’ve made about 6 shawls of various patterns and difficulties and am anxious to knit a few new ones from this book!

    Of the pictures shown, although it’s hard to choose just one..I like the last picture, the pink stole design. I love that there are nupps, which I’ve never done before, and I like the level of detail in the knitted border.

  143. Kristin

    My favorite is the summer shawl – third down on in the left column. It was published as a preview in the last Spin Off, and so I’ve already got it on the needles!

  144. Kristine

    Second down on the left; if I wasn’t a hairs-breadth from done with my wedding shawl, I would be knitting this one. Actually, the one I’m almost done is a Nancy Bush shawl from Lace Style. It always comes back to Nancy Bush, doesn’t it?

  145. Abby

    I’d have to say that my favorites are the first, the last, and the second to last. Although the second to last looks HUGE! o.O I’ve not tackled lace shawls so I can only imagine how long one of those would take…

  146. Wendelene

    So, first I said #1. Then #4, then it was #8. But the final winner is #10. Just thinking of number of stitches in there make me go all shivery!

  147. Sade

    The patterns that have called my attention more on a quick glance are the white rectangular stole on pic 5, and the mustard yellow scarf on pic 11

  148. Anita

    I love knitting lace! Now if I could just convince my 2 daughters that, yes, shawls are great for young 20-someones to wear, I’d have it made. I can’t wear all the things I want to make. (I like the last one.)


  149. Rue Toland

    They are all gorgeous! Right now I’m itching to cast on for the square shawl in the center of the bottom row. Madli’s shawl was a joy to knit and I can’t wait to try the lovely designs in this book.

  150. Susanne

    I don’t know how to pick a favourite!! All of them are gorgeous and this book is at the T.O.P. of my Christmas list (yes I have a list!).

    What a great review, thank you and hopefully no matter what I will be knitting from thisbook in early 2009!!

  151. Miss Amy

    I would have to say in the last row, the middle one really pulls me in. I’m not one for boring knitting. I like, I mean LOVE charts and detail. Can’t wait to see what you make first out of this book.

    Thanks for having a contest to win a book and good luck to all.

  152. PammieTaj

    They are all beautiful. I’m glad there are more rectangular shawls – gives me incentive to give the book more than a cursory glance.

  153. J Strizzy

    Jeez, how am I supposed to pick just one favorite?!? I didn’t think I was particularly interested in this book when I first read about it elsewhere, but now that I’ve seen some of the patterns I’m smitten. Especially with that pale pink one in the bottom row…

  154. Bertha Mallard

    My choice is 3rd down on the right. I wear a lot of red and this beige scarf just sets off that red sweater beautifully. Choose me. Choose me. Thanks.

  155. TracyKM

    I checked your blog last night, and no new entry, but this morning, there’s almost 300 comments! I just hope I’m the lucky one, considering the price of books in Canada πŸ™ and I LOVE lace!!

  156. Jessica

    The very last one on the right is my fave – I just love the edging, and the braided, alternating look to the main pattern. I also like #7 and #5, though it’s almost too nuppy (can I say that?) – I like the shape and the overall plan. Nancy Bush has never let me down. Enjoy!

  157. Donna

    Hmm, the top left, no wait, 2nd row right, no middle row left, no, oh I don’t know. All? I’ve been fascinated lately by beads and lace and am interested to see how the nupps in these work as sort of non-bead beads.

  158. Thing

    #3 is the bomb. I’m a sucker for leaves, and the kind of sampler look to it, and the triangles… oh my. They’re all beautiful, and whoever gets this extra book will be a lucky person indeed.

  159. Nicole

    My favorite is definitely the seventh one down – white scarf over a blue tank top – and it looks long enough to wrap around the neck a bunch of times and keep warm!

  160. Nancy

    I’d have to say the top right one or the beautiful rust one…so hard to choose! All of them are beautiful.

  161. heather

    the mustard-y yellow one, last row, left, though all of them look amazing! i’ve been spinning lace weight singles and getting better at it. now that i have a super-fast set-up for spinning, i have plans to make a laceweight two ply!!!

  162. Mel

    Wow, the pictures are gorgeous! I’ve always wanted to try the lily-of-the-valley pattern with the nupps at the flowers… I have VLT, too, and couldn’t agree more – it’s a gorgeous book. I can’t wait to see who wins your book! πŸ™‚

  163. Diane

    I think I like the last one, the pink one. I made one in rust with a leaf motif like that one has and I really liked it.

  164. Dorothy

    Oh my goodness! Sign me up for the drawing!! I’ve entered a lottery to get a place in her class at the Madrona Fiber Festival in February. This whets my appetite even more. Oh, and if I do win, I will be out of town over the weekend, so don’t give my copy away if I don’t answer right away. How’s that for positive thinking?

  165. Linda M

    Oh, the red one jumped out and called to me, it is a great combination of style and color. I still have lots of VLT scarves on my queue (with yarn purchased for some of them) but these look like fun to try.

  166. Melanie

    I like them all really but my fav is the 6th one – the tomato red scarf. The nupps/yarnovers look like little holly berries and leaves to me.

  167. Shirlucky

    My favorite seems to be the one I’ve got my eyes on

    at any one time. Thanks for sharing! They are so


  168. Svati

    I love the coin scarf in the ochre color, but I do like them all. I can imagine many fun hours pouring over the book and contemplating what “fabulousness” I might be knitting next!

  169. Kristi

    Oh – I think I love them all. But since I can’t knit them all at once, I’d probably start with the pink one at the end.

  170. linken

    Thank you for posting some pictures of the pieces. I have been stalking this book for a while, but I too really like VLT….so I was hesitant to buy before I saw something other than the front cover! Happy knitting.

  171. carly

    my favorite is the 3rd. gorgeous! though i think the light color is a little blah for it. it’d be more striking in something deep!

  172. Jolene

    Oh My. Sheer Gorgeousness. My favorite is number 11…bottom right. Clearly beautiful. Not that the others aren’t. WOW

  173. Laverne

    I am intrigued by the last pic. The pale pink bit of a shawl. Doesn’t it make you wonder what the rest of it is like? It is gorgeous. Looks like this book will be going on my wish list!

  174. larissa

    The fourth row, I like them both. I don’t so much like the square shawls (they always look awkward to me when worn), but I love that there is edging on all 4 sides – my only complaint about the rectangles. Maybe I’ll have to figure out how to cut down a square to a rectangle. Beautiful patterns, thanks for enticing us.

  175. Roadchick

    I LOVE the pink one – it reminds me of lily-of-the-valley for some reason.

    And, I’d LOVE to have your extra copy!

    ~fingers crossed~

  176. Toby

    They are all beautiful, but I think I’d start with the 3rd one down in the right column. I’m really excited about the stitch dictionary and the info about blocking as I am a lace newby.

  177. karen

    They are all breathtaking. I have had an urge to do lace lately. I have only every done 1 lace project (used dk weight does that count?). My favorite is the beautiful scarf on the bottom left. I love everything about it including the colour – perhaps it would be a good first lace-weight yarn project.

  178. Purl in the Rough

    So very hard to choose – but I do love the detail in the last (pink) one. (Thanks for the review, and for the contest.)

  179. Jenn

    My favorite is the 5th photo. It reminds me of Lilly of the Valley flowers, which, in turn, reminds me of my mother. After such a glowing review, I think I’m going to have to buy the book!

  180. Phoebe

    I think I like numbers 6 and 8 the best. Number 12 is by far the most impressive, but I don’t think I will ever have the patience for something that intricate and big. Thanks for the review!

  181. mollysusie

    I’m on a buying-things-for-myself ban until after Christmas, so I would *love* a chance to win this book! If not…well, Santa might have to come early. For me!

  182. Elizabeth

    3rd down on the left.. I love the lilies of the valley. My only warning is be careful what needles you choose to do your “nupping” on. I won’t go into how I learned that.

  183. Liz

    So hard to choose…ok, here we go:

    1) the red one

    2) the yellow one

    3) the white one next to the red one

    Although, yellow could be number one, it looks like a lace scarf, I could wear everyday!

  184. Jenna

    Oh! They’re all gorgeous, but the first one I’d make would probably be el8 – the tan scarf worn by the girl sitting down in the blue top. I love it!

  185. Kat

    I really think the two examples in the second row have gorgeous detail, so they are my favorites. I have been itching to embark on a lace project for awhile now, so I find your post extremely inspiring.

  186. LisaG

    Decisions, decisions….

    I really like the first one on the left and the one in the center on the bottom row. They are all so lovely!

  187. Mary

    I like the white rectangular one, next to the red rectangular one. The repetitions of the diamonds are soothing and yet interesting. Thanks for the generous drawing!

  188. GeekKnitter

    Well, if I MUST choose just one, I’d have to go with the one in the center of the bottom row. A master-work, no question about it. I can just imagine it in black.

  189. Valerie

    My favorite is the 6th one, the brownish scarf on the girl with the red shirt. Looks like it would be a fun knit! Thanks for sharing with us.

  190. Diane

    Must……do………EL 12……… I love them all and am “hankerin” to start something from this treasure of a book!!! I’m crossing my fingers, toes and needles that I will be the lucky one!!!

  191. Marin

    Oh, pick me! Pick me! Of course, even if you don’t pick me, I’m going to buy the book anyway, but I’d feel like such a winner if I only… won.

  192. Seanna Lea

    Wow. These are gorgeous (I’ll have to buy this for myself after the holidays) and I have two skeins of laceweight probably only big enough for a scarf or stole…

    My favorites are the red stole and the first and last ones (they look like nupp heaven). I almost said the rounded triangle covered with nupps, but then I saw the last one and it pushed it away!

  193. orata

    I think I like the white one to the left of the red one the best. (Actually, I really love the one in the lower right-hand corner, but it looks like a reprint of Madli’s Shawl to me, so I’m picking one of the new patterns.) Thanks for the review–I’ve been dying to take a look at this book.

  194. SarahA

    I like the 5th one the best. The curve in the back of it is really nice.

    Lately I like lace that isn’t in columns so I’ve been having trouble deciding on my next lace project.

  195. Shamiran

    While all of them are beautiful, I am partial to the pink one! Looks just like little berries on a vine!

  196. Marianne

    I love the 3rd down on the left. Beige/tan over a red sweater. Size looks perfect and would make a lovely gift for my sister. We share a love of Lily of the Valley, the original nupp!

  197. Heather

    They are all stunning! Thank you so much for sharing the pics. I have two skeins of lace weight silk I have been hoarding while waiting for this book to be released. I cannot decide on a favorite, although #3 and #6 were the first to catch my eye.

  198. Jessi

    There are several that catch my fancy – but the simplicity of the red one is holding it the longest. I would love to make that for my sister. If I don’t win the extra copy, I may have to break down and buy yet *another* knitting book

  199. Deb

    Wow! I already know I want to knit that beige scarf in cashmere/silk blend. I especially love the last shawl. The nupps add so much to the lace patterns.

    Thanks for the review and peek into the book !

  200. Dee

    I’d like to go to nupp heaven, too! πŸ˜‰ I love design 9; it’s dainty and detailed, and has a few nupps!

  201. Jenna

    I love the second to last one. I think it would make a gorgeous baptism shawl. It definitely would be an heirloom for years to come.

  202. Aurelija

    My favorites are the last 3 photos. The mustard because it is not fussy, but sublte and the colour is lovely. The great white square because it is a beautiful pattern I have never seen before and I love it’s delicacy; And the last one because of the very light pink shade and the sweetness ad fragility of it.

  203. Michelle

    I thought they were all “Nice… pretty… not bad…” and then I hit EL13 and went “Oh, MY.” That’s the one for me!

  204. marie in florida

    goddess goodness, Surprise Girl; who then do you consider an “expert” knitter? you set the bar mighty high! “wonderful wonderful” i can’t pick a favorite, but i would start with that goldenrod yellow one; that’s about my speed.

  205. Martha Marques

    Well, I thought I loved the sort of lily of the valley like pattern in the top half of the pictures….but then I saw the really big white one (center bottom)….can we say over the top romantic, opulent, luxurious? I have a weakness for excess.

  206. Tsarina of Tsocks

    Bottom center, by a narrow margin, though bottom right comes close and they are all lovely. I love the interplay of direction and texture, and those two really showcase it. Also – fascinated by the comparison of #4 and #5, which apparently use essentially the same pattern stitch in a different orientation – one worked symmetrically and the other half-dropped. Sort of similar to the old Lily of the Valley pattern. Yup, definitely time to spin more laceweight.

  207. jordi

    My favorite is the 6th one down, the woman with the red.. I am really not the “filmy” shawl type. I like my shawls with substance, and make them with heavier yarn than specified often. They are just bigger when done and warmer!

    I am drooling over this book. I will have to wait to buy it til the drooling subsides.

  208. ellojello

    Have been looking for an appropriate design for my daughter’s bridal veil – the white shawl over the pink cami (3rd down on the left) is definitely in the frontrunning. It reminds me of Lily of the Valley, which she will carry in her bouquet.

  209. elizabeth

    I was lucky enough to see many of Nancy Bush’s gorgeous Estonian shawls in person at SOAR, so I share your enthusiasm! My fave of the ones pictures is the 8th scarf – the red one. Nupps rule!

  210. Dana

    Hmmm…a favorite. Tough choice. I’d love to see more of that last one. I need some more lace in my life.

  211. Sunnyknitter

    Thanks for the sneak peak. I’ve been waiting for this to come out as well, looks like it’s been worth the wait! I love VLT, although I still haven’t made anything from it. Some books just never lose their fascination because there’s so much to absorb from them, each time you look you notice some other detail. This looks like another such book, I can’t wait to see it in person!

  212. Amy

    Absolutely the 10th picture, which is the cover picture. I absolutely adore it! It has such grace, and in that ivory I could imagine wearing that for my wedding. (Don’t tell my boyfriend, we’re not engaged yet! But we’ve been dating for coming on 3 years, so it’s about time I started knitting a wedding shawl!) I really love them all though. So many of the others would be so lovely to knit. I can’t imagine knitting 30 a winter though. I’d be happy if I got through one!

  213. Kaiti

    Gorgeous book! Thanks for sharing all of the pictures. I immediately went to KnitPicks and Amazon to look inside the book, not realizing that you’d given us some photos at the end (KnitPicks had none, and Amazon only one so I’m glad you shared!)

    I have to say that my favorite is the pattern of the very last one (pink), and the second to last one is a close second (though I can’t see me wearing that one – I wouldn’t know what to wear with it).

  214. Rosa

    Oh oh. WHICH one?? How can I decide? I’m initially attracted to the 1st one and also the 4th (?) one, where you can see the woman’s back and she’s holding her arms behind her. WOW. Absolutely breathtaking!!

  215. Andrea

    My favorites are no 3 and 10. I bought at least 3 books that you reviewed, and all are great (ones is Montse Stanley). This is next!

  216. heather

    Wow! The engineer in me (realistically it is more like the me in the engineer) needs this book regardless of the fate of the random number generator. If pressured I would have to say 1 and 6 call to me first.

  217. Kendra

    My favorite is the pink stole in the bottom right-hand corner. Even though I am not a pink person, the photo makes me want to see more of the stole that the photo shows.

  218. Janny

    They are all so beautiful! If I have to chose, I would like to cast on the goldenrod scarf right now. It would make a lovely Christmas present for my mother.

  219. Valerie

    Wow, are those all gorgeous or what? Thanks for taking the time to introduce us to the book, and for accidentally (?) ordering a second copy to share.

  220. Kathleen

    I think the center one on the bottom row is my favorite. I love square shawls, and this pattern is absolutely gorgeous. Even better – no leaves! (I am tired of leaves in the center of shawls after recently completing several with this design element.) How will you choose which one to start on first?

  221. Maja

    So beautiful — I love the burnt orange/red one! And I think I have the perfect yarn in my stash. Thanks for getting my creative juices flowing!

  222. Amy M

    Wow! I’m a huge fan of VLT and someday hope to make all the patterns in that book. If I had this book, too, I think I’d be set for lace patterns for life. πŸ™‚

  223. Isabel

    All of the patterns are exquisite, but I do like the looks of the rectangular shawl in the second row, on the right. The pattern looks like lilies of the valley and it’s charming. I do love having the history of patterns – wearing something that is knit in the same manner and with the same pattern as something knit several hundred years ago certainly reminds us that we are connected to the past and not all that far removed from it.

  224. Suzanne

    What an amazing book! So hard to know what to gravitate to first. I’m so grateful to all the women who knit(ted) in Estonia and to the inestimably wonderful Nancy Bush. Thank you for an excellent review.

  225. MissKnit

    The first one is definitely calling my name (and has sent me rifling through the stash to see what I have handy). Looking forward to seeing which one you make first!

  226. JanieB

    Oh Grumperina let me take up that challenge of thirty shawls over the quiet winter months – as I already own VLT I could take it on!!!

    Brown shawl at the top is my favourite with the edging changed to the scarf edging two pictures lower…


  227. Mercuria

    You’re going to have people coming out of the woodwork for this one!

    I nearly forgot to comment because I got distracted as soon as the pictures scrolled into view. I’d clicked away before I remembered that you’d hinted at a giveaway.

    I’m nearly obsessed with the last one. I’ve been looking for a piece of rectangular lace to knit, and I think I’ve found the pattern. Thank you!

  228. Alea

    I have never tried lace knitting before and these beautiful patterns inspire me! Thanks for your review!

  229. ksfishgirl

    Wow… which one is my favorite? It took me a long time to get to the point where I actually liked lace, and even now, it requires cold weather to keep my hands from sweating!

  230. Marla

    I love the first shawl and the scarves – actually, they all are beautiful. Thanks for holding the contest, and great review, Kathy. I have enjoyed your blog for many years now.

  231. Leona

    I like #3 and #8(the red one)best. They are all so beautiful! I think the random number generator should pick me as it is my birthday today. That will work, right?

  232. chris

    omg – my jaw just hit the keyboard. those are gorgeous! i particularly like the first four but all of them are beautiful.

  233. Mary Seabrook

    oh the square on on the bottom line is my favorite, now I *need* a copy of the book…. – Thank you for sharing this.

  234. Abby

    I adore the one on the model in the red top — gorgeousness personified!! (the scarf, not the model, though she’s lovely, too.)

    Just completed my first ever lace shawl and I am hankering for more. For the first, I chose Syrian Lace from VLT — it’s on blocking wires now, taking up my whole bed, and I will be casting on tonight for a new one. I think I’m hooked!

  235. Karen

    EL7, but really they are all lovely. It reminds me of lily of the valley.

    Thank you for your generosity…. :^)

  236. MaryEllen

    Although I look at new techniques more as a challenge than a stumbling block (it’s the scientist in me), Estonian lace still scares me. I can’t imagine having the talent to design such complexity, much less “reverse engineer” it! My favorite is the 3rd down on the left, with the lily of the valley nupps – my mom’s favoite flower – she would love it!

  237. Betty

    They are all beautiful, however, I think my favorite is the first one on the right. The way its worn by the model makes it look like a caplet.

  238. mollyann

    They are all beautiful but I’m most attracted to all the white ones that look like they have lily of valley flowers in them.

  239. woolcat

    I adore the big square one on the bottom row. It reminds me of hardanger embroidery. Although I’d probably knit the pink one, the goldenrod one or the beige one that is worn over the red shirt, first, since I’d be more likely to wear them (or find a wearer!)

    Thanks for the review. I knew this book was coming out but hadn’t paid much attention – it’s now officially on my want list!

  240. Sarah

    So much pretty! I find the one in the upper left corner very attractive, but that’s possibly just a few TOO many nupps for me ever to want to knit it. I’m loving the one in the bottom right corner, and I’d like to see the yellow scarf laid out to reveal the full pattern just because the shapes look so unusual. And for sheer heirloom my-great-grandkids-better-still-be-fighting-over-this WOW, the great big beauty at the bottom center.

  241. Cathi Myers

    This book is on my wish list. Love VLT as well. I can definitely see myself entangled with #5 (and questioning my sanity when it comes time to apply the edging).

  242. J Oakley

    Oh wow, so pretty! Number 5, the triangle with the flowing nupp vines is wonderful.. but the last one , the pale pink is my favorite.

    You know what you’ve done, don’t you? You just caused this book to go into reprint!

  243. melanie

    Oh my! Look at al the comments. =)

    They are all beautiful, but I think I like the bottom right one the most (the pink stole).

    I saw this at Knit Picks (available the end of Nov.) and immediately put it in my cart..glad to hear my instincts were good.

    It would be nice to win it here, but either way this one is going into my knitting library.

  244. Sumitra

    Bottom center. I love how the taut geometry becomes softened and organic with the addition of nupps- and,conversely, how the typical lily of the valley is rotated around itself to create those larger, blossoming crosses.

    That one, it’s on the cover for a reason.

  245. Sarah

    Wow. I may have to put this book on my amazon wishlist if I don’t win a copy. Ha ha.

    They’re all so lovely. I have so much to learn!

  246. Anna

    My parents took me to Estonia for the summer when I was little, but it was not the season for shawls. I like the pink one, myself.

  247. amber

    Darn, the picture’s not loading for me. But, I got to take a class from Nancy a couple of years ago, and so have been initiated into the gloriousness that is Estonian lace. Does that mean I can still enter? πŸ™‚ Love them nupps!

  248. Tricia

    Ooooh! I am trying to pick a shawl to make for my wedding day. Now I will have to get this book for even more beautiful choices! Thanks for the generous giveaway!

  249. Clumsy Knitter

    Even though I don’t normally like triangular shawls, my favorite pattern is the third one down on the left–it looks like little Lillies of the Valley. Very pretty!

  250. Sharon

    The red one is my favorite, but they’re all gorgeous! Thanks for the review – I’ve been looking forward to this book, too.

  251. Beth D.

    Number 9, the golden-colored scarf with the unique pattern! but they are all without exception gorgeous.

  252. Carol

    They’re all gorgeous, of course, but I think I like the 6th one (el8.htm) the best. Maybe it’s because it’s knit in a slightly heavier yarn that it appeals to me more. I definitely prefer rectangles and squares to triangles. I’d love to try one.

  253. Pat

    As incredibly difficult as it is to pick a single favorite, I’d have to say the white one in the middle of the bottom row – I’m partial to circular/square shawls rather than triangles and rectangles…

  254. kelly

    I know exactly what you mean! I wandered into the LYS yesterday to drop off some charity hats, and they mentioned a new lace book on the table… not OMG THE AMZING NEW LACE BOOK IS IN that I would have prefaced it with! I have, of course, immediately cast on for the first shawl! So, I don’t need a second book, but I wholeheartedly agree with your sentiments!

  255. Mary Mac

    They are all gorgeous but I’m partial to the crimson one and the lovely pink one. Thanks for sharing!

  256. Janet

    The very last one on the right. It looks very much like an earlier Nancy Bush pattern in a previous Interweave Knits, possibly Madli’s shawl?

  257. Trista

    I love the red one! I think all are lovely, but that would probably be my first knit from this book! Happy knitting for lace lovers!!

  258. Heather Outside Boston

    Ooooh, I’ve been waiting for this to show up in my LYS. I’m having a hard time deciding between the second on the left and the 4th on the left (numbers 3 and 7), but I just finished the Lily of the Valley stole from Lace Style, so I’ can wait a little while for more nupps.

    I’ve been a loyal reader for more than a year, I just haven’t written much to you in return.

  259. Jamie

    I too like the reddish one (8th one down), especially paired with the model’s “come-hither” look!

  260. cory ellen

    I like the yellow one. I love scarves and wear them constantly, so I like the simplicity of the pattern – lacy, but not too fancy for everyday wear.

  261. Jody/Fiberfool

    Pick me, pick me!! She jumps up and down with so little style. fiberfool from knitty or fiberfool1 from rav

  262. LM

    The first photo is my favorite. I like the edging and the overall design. The middle one in the last row is a close second.

  263. Faith

    I adore the tan one worn by the woman in the red shirt. Why do I love lace when it comes to shawls and scarves and yet not when it’s in socks?

  264. tracyb

    The fourth picture, the rectangular one with nupps (I’ve mastered the nupp for my swallowtail shawl – someone told me to pull out the stitches a little with a dpn, awesome!) It’s gorgeous. And so is the square one at the bottom, what an awesome christening blanket it would make!

  265. MzTallulah

    I love the stole in the fourth picture, but as many others have remarked, it would be difficult to choose just one project – they all look stunning!

  266. Suzie

    Oh, how can I decide? I like them all. The first one on the top left and the fourth one, second down on the right would maybe be the ones I would start knitting, but then again….

    So lovely.

  267. Ingrid

    I love the shawl at top row right, just so beautifully delicate! And I’m also drawn to the nupps and the beautiful edging on the stole at bottom row right.

    What an intriguing book!

  268. Sarah

    Delurking to comment because I haven’t been able to find this book yet and I was considering ordering it online from the US. I fell in love with Estonian lace after knitting Laminaria and now I can’t get enough – although there’s no way I’ll be churning out 20 or 30 shawls this winter! Love your blog by the way!

  269. Judi

    I have been waiting for a comprehensive review of this book. ALL the shawls are lovely, but I am not a huge fan of real pointy triangles either, so the third one down on the left really intrigues me – love the shape of it.

  270. Jessie B.

    I think my favorite is the first. Flowery but a little more abstract than the usual lily of the valley.

  271. Susie

    I like the fourth one. Just love that traditional “lily of the valley” look. They are all just beautiful. What a great book.

  272. Mary

    While Queen Silvia (#1) (I went over to Amazon) will probably live in my fantasies forever, I know I would certainly do #’s 6, 8, 9, 11…absolutely!! Oh, the gorgeousness!!

  273. Judy

    I love them all, but I like the 3rd one down on the left best. When you mentioned nupps, I wasn’t sure I would like them, but the nupps are actually quite beautiful.

  274. Katie

    Wow, what a gorgeous book! The nupps on everything are really fabulous. My favorites are the rose-brown one on the top right, and that gorgeous rust-orange scarf. I’m a sucker for color…while I like the white ones, I’m sure I’d be a lot more drawn to them if they were rendered in some saturated jewel tones. That’s why I’ll definitely be getting this book!

  275. Kristen

    Truly, Nancy Bush is a lace hero. I’m thrilled to see so much Lily of the Valley in this preview. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  276. Jennifer

    Those are all so beautiful. I would love to have this book. I saw Victorian lace today on your blog and had to check it out from my local library based on your recommendation.

  277. Cathy-Cate

    I wasn’t yearning for this book, though I have and love VLT, until you cracked the cover for me and showed me those pictures. Oh, my!

    Well, should I be the lucky one out of (currently) 568, that would be awesome! Otherwise, I know what’s on my wishlist now!

  278. Kathleen

    I love the red scarf. I’m going to have to put that on my list of things to make, a very long list.

  279. Debra in NC

    I think they’re all lovely, but for me the second from top, right side…….it sorta strikes me a bit odd. My mind sees the design as a bunch of fake wind-up type teeth running across the poor woman’s back! Or, I suppose it could be that I’m tired and working hard at not allowing the cold that is trying to overtake me. LOL!

  280. Kay

    The 3rd and 8th are gorgeous but the to-die-for one for me was the 5th picture of the rounded shawl. Beautiful!

  281. Hat

    I think my favourite is the 6th one down (worn by the lady in the red shirt). Looks like a lovely book.

  282. Janis

    I like el13.jpg. It has that center section that reminds me of vine lace (which I love), plus nupps. Can’t wait to see what beautiful scarves you turn out with this new inspiration. πŸ™‚

  283. Ereuyi

    The white square in the middle of the bottom row–the X pattern is just awesome. I’m altering the 21×25 scarf from VLT into a shawl for my grandma, and my friend has asked for the Lady’s Circular Cape in Shell Pattern. I’m going to be knitting a lot of lace this winter!

  284. Tanis

    I like the second picture, the little capelet, I think it’s really pretty and very wearable to a non-shawl wearing person like me! Can’t wait to see you knit something from this beautiful book!

  285. kozykitty

    They are all so beautiful. As much as I hate making nupps, I love the way they look, so I’m always will to suck it up! I find the 5th photo–the sort of rounded triangular shawl to be quite charming. I like the shape and the edging. Very dainty and feminine!

  286. Vanessa

    Favorite has to be the giant square shawl with the X motifs. It looks like it’d be a darling christening shawl.

  287. Valerie Kuan

    Boy, I am so far down! But I love the 3rd from top down on the left column – Lily of the Valley triangular shawl? How I love thee!

  288. Marie

    I just picked up VLT this morning! Now I am coveting this book, woe!

    My favorite is the third one down on the right – Ms. Red Shirt. That’s probably because I’ve turned to making lace scarves instead of triangular shawls, now. Thanks for the lovely post!

  289. Julia

    I think for me it has to be the red shawl, fourth row on the right. I love the fern leaf effect the pattern makes. (I am allowing myself to hope that you might knit all of these so that we can see closeups and get your insights into their construction! they look fascinating…)

    Thanks for your wonderful blog!

  290. Terri

    Wow, they are all so beautiful! My favorites is the 4th down on right but that might be because of the yarn/color! Does it have “googlie mooglies”? Runner up would be 2nd down on left. Thanks so much for including us!

  291. dana

    all of them are wonderful; i can even see past one of them being pink to notice it is lovely. but the one jumping up and down begging me to knit it right now (as in start as soon as i get home from work if i only had the pattern since i have some only ply cobweb from lacis) is the square one on the bottom row. wow. wow.

  292. knit happens

    I share your enthusiasm for the book – I’ve been waiting almost a year for it to come out. I happened to be at my LYS when they were delivered and struggled to maintain dignity while waiting for the box to be opened.

    In a stroke of luck likely to never again befall me, last Saturday I found myself in a class taught by Nancy Bush. She brought all the shawls from the book with her so we could see them up close. They are all stunning, to say the least. My favorite is the Queen Sylvia.

    Apparently the book is selling fast and will likely need a second printing.

  293. Sheri

    Last row, in the middle. I love a challenge and one of these days I’m going to make myself a big square shawl.

    Great review. Thanks!

    Sheri in GA

  294. Diane

    Ohhhhhh me oh my!!! You are such an enabler, I love it. I am also a huge fan of VLT, but this new book seems to be a great find. I think I am most partial to VL6, but the last one (the pink) is also very lovely. Thank you for offering up your duplicate copy.


  295. Renee

    I can’t decide which I love more between two of the them – the triangular white one with all the swoopy curves and the nupps (third from the top on the left) and the very last one in the lower right – I love how the nupps complement the interlocking leaves on that one.

    All of them are stunning.

  296. Sue

    If I HAVE to pick just one, it would be the cascading lilies of the valley, second down on the right. They’re all so pretty!

  297. Mary DB

    I am really attracted to the pattern of the gold one at the bottom, and would start it tomorrow if I had the pattern. Thank you for this contest!

  298. Gail

    I always associate being in a yarn store to a child in a candy store — but the preview of these patterns is the visual equivalent! Been reading about the book …. and know some of the patterns from magazines …. Initial favotire – the third one — beige on the red dress …

  299. Kim

    What a book! The triangular shawl, fifth photo, (el7)reminds me of lily of the valley. I wonder where the term “nupps” originated? Thanks for the contest.

  300. monica

    Wow, that looks like heaven for us process knitters!

    I seem to be especially drawn to the deep orange one, but they’re all making me drool!

  301. SallyA

    I love the one that looks like it has lillies of the valley on it. They are flowers that grew by the house of my childhood and bring back many memories. I love it!

  302. Emily

    Thanks for posting your review – this book looks great! I’m a big fan of VLT too and it is great to see another book in a similar vein.

    My first preference is the “shawlette”, top picture in the right column.


  303. Lisa in Toronto

    I will vote for the giant white one (gold background) in the middle of the bottom row.

    It is so enormous, and I don’t have confidence that I could make one, but the results are fabulous.

    Thanks for sharing your duplicate copy!

  304. noallatin

    I like the shawl on the third row, viewer’s right. Nice oatmeal color of the yarn against the red sweater.

  305. Heide

    Oh heavens these are beautiful! My favorite is the first one. I have three daughters and perhaps if I began now I could knit them each one of these for a wedding shawl (they’re only 7, 10 and 12) if they married late in life. Recently I purchased a copy of The Gossamer Webs Design Collection of Orenburg lace shawls. The pictures of those also left me breathless, but the charts are rather intimidating. I can’t believe that people used to knit these works of art without patterns.

  306. jen L

    I love the mustard-y yellow one on the teal background. I’m not sure if I’m just loving that color combo, or if it’s the scarf… They’re both gorgeous!

    Thanks for the great preview. Can’t wait to see what you make first!

  307. tabitha

    They are all lovely but I am particularly to the tiny shoulder shawl on the top right and the red one. Of course, that could be just because it is red.

  308. Erica

    I hadn’t picked up a copy of VLT, and this one wasn’t on my radar, either. That may have to change now…

    #1 is my favorite, though I really like the scarf edging, too.

  309. Kristy

    It is so hard to choose just one favorite. Since I must, I’m going with No. 7 (ros 4, left side). I can’t wait to get my hands on this book! Thank you for your review!

  310. Linda

    I’m enchanted by the one on the left, second row down. I can’t wait to get this book!

    I had two days of classes with Nancy Bush last year. She brought several hand knitted items (socks, gloves, mittens, and shawls) from Estonia to sell as part of her Estonia Project (she sells the items for her knitter friends in Estonia to people in the US, thereby earning those knitters a much better price for their handiwork) and I bought a lovely triangular shawl in a buff color. I couldn’t resist wearing it to class the next day, at which time she realized that there was a stitch pattern in the shawl that she wasn’t certain she had documented for the book. (She was putting the finishing touches on her book at the time.) So, at the end of the day, we sat down with the shawl and she puzzled out how the stitch was done. It was quite thrilling to sit there next to her and hear her talk it through!

  311. Anita

    Last row, the one on the far right – absolutely beautiful. Thank you for your review of this book, must go find a copy

  312. Liz

    I would really have trouble decided on which one to make. Each is so fabulous. I think I would start with the gold one pictured on the bottom and move up from there!

  313. Pat

    I like the one in the third row, first picture. It has a sort of spanish feel. I am anxious to make something in lace but haven’t had the nerve yet. I also took a class from Nancy Bush last year at Stitches West. She is very nice and a good teacher I really enjoyed it. I would love the have the book just to read, (as I do a lot)


  314. Connie

    {{gasp!}} Choose? CHOOSE?? How are we supposed to choose from these glorious creations, I ask?!? Would “all the above” count? I don’t know that I can wait for the end of this contest to get my own copy! And when I get it, I’m going to knit every freaking shawl IN there! My poor spinning wheel may not see me for awhile. Unless it’s to make lace-weight πŸ™‚ You have inspired me to get it as soon as possible. Heck, I had NO idea this book was out! Where’ve I been?!? Guess I need to poke around on the ‘net more. That, or pay more attention to the books on my LYS’ shelves! Thanks so much for sharing these pictures, Kathy!

  315. Kathy

    Drool – such beautiful scarves! I love the triangular-ish one that has the lily of the nile pattern in the center, but they all look so tempting.

  316. Diane

    I love the nupps in all of them. They’re so tastefully done – just a bit of texture. The last two shawls especially are gorgeous…

  317. ClaireEJ

    Oh my gosh…second one down on the right hand side..the sheer delicacy of it astounds me…I wonder if I could make it….

    Lovely looking book.

  318. joy

    The pink one on the bottom reminds me of Madli’s shawl, which I loved knitting, and I’m a sucker for leaf motifs, so the white one on the left 2nd from bottom caught my eye also.

  319. Anita

    Oh, I’d have to say the square one in the middle of the bottom row. It’s divine, but then, they ALL are!!! You’re so right about VLT. I still look through it nearly every day. It’s never on the shelf, but hangs around my house to give me inspiration in the middle of kid-crazy days. It’s amazing how much a little bit of pretty can help. πŸ™‚

  320. Debi

    They are all stunning but the square shawl in the bottom row is breathtaking! I love the simple gold scarf to the left of it too!

  321. Katherine, the Awfulknitter

    I have a tendency to be over ambitious when thinking about knitting projects – a tendency I’m trying not to give in to, and seeing those scarves and shawls is not going to help me (but thank you for the eye candy!). Nor is it going to help me get through the other projects I have in progress/lined up at the moment. Maybe if I can just wait until after Christmas…or maybe I can claim that my other projects want to hiberate after to last night’s snowfall!

  322. Becky

    The third one down, on the right, is by far my favorite (so hard to choose though, all lovely) as it reminds me of lily-of-the-valley flowers, my favorite and birthmonth flower. Good luck choosing your first project, as I’d be hard-pressed to start with casting on for just one!

  323. Tsuki

    I like the mustard scarf – probably the only one I consider myself qualified to knit right now! Proper lace isn’t something I’ve got to yet (been knitting almost 2 years) but it is something I really want to try. I’ve done lace socks (monkey) and some lace scarf (not finished) but these are something else!

  324. Mandy

    Oh! I love the white square one at the bottom.

    Did you know nupps rhymes with soups? A friend of mine took the lace workshop with Nancy Bush at SOAR and passed on that little nugget of info. I always thought it rhymed with cups!

  325. drleonesse

    The moment I saw this book I was stunned by the cover design…also center on bottom row. My love for this is still strong even after seeing more offerings…which are all quite delightful. I can’t wait to get my copy.

  326. natalie

    They’re all so pretty. Nancy bush has done it again! I think #2 is my favorite, but it’s a tough choice. Can’t wait to see which one you knit first.

  327. Terry

    I haven’t read your blog in awhile – I know I’ve been missing your viewpoints (which I do admire). And this review that I’ll read again and again, is fantastic – thanks!!

  328. Lollie

    Thank you for the review of this book. In the last year, I have become fairly obsessed with knitting lace, and made my first shawl-a wedding gift for a friend). I can’t wait to get a copy of this book! I think, for this moment, my favorite is #6.

  329. Leslie

    Wow, they’re all great! I think my favorite is the fourth one, with the nuppy lilies-of-the-valley thing going on. I love lace and I love Estonia – I can’t wait to get my hands on this book!

  330. wendy

    I think my favorite, very uncharacteristically for me, is the square shawl on the bottom row. I love the center motif and the heavier texture around the open-work X’s. I also love the very first one.

    Thanks for long post!

  331. Kandace

    Oooh, so hard to choose. I think I like the red one best – although a very close second is the 3rd picture (also your second favorite). All of them are so lovely though!

  332. Maria

    Wow! That book has just made my “Must Have” list! I love the top three patterns on the left. I was knitting one of the patterns from Victorian Lace for my wedding but one of those might replace it!

  333. Natalie

    I have been ogling these patterns in Ravelry and waiting for the book to appear at my library. I’m sure I will own it one day. Winning your draw would just make that happen a lot sooner.

    I think my current fave (thing I want to make for me) is the Triinu Scarf (the red one).

  334. Nissa

    Gorgeous! I love the third one down on the right, and what we can see of the bottom right scarf. Nuppalicious! Thank you for the review!

  335. bekky

    This is absolutely nupp- tastic, I love lily of the valley patterns so 1, 4 and 5 are making my hands twitch under the desk at work.

  336. Christine G

    I adore the shawl on the book cover, but the ones I would immediately knit are the more scarf-y, practical ones: the yellow scarf first, and then no.6 (beige on red sweater). And the last one might be adjustable in width…

    Just wanted to add that I love your blog for its technical content as well as the beauty of your creations.

  337. Dana Deraney

    So hard to choose but I think the fourth one. All those lovely curving lines of nupps. Challenging I’m sure, but gorgeous.


  338. LauraJ

    Those are beautiful! I look forward to seeing what you end up knitting from it. I have several of Nancy Bush’s sock books but (perhaps naively) didn’t realize she wrote about lace as well. My favorite is #8, the rust-colored one. Thanks for the contest!

  339. Kelley

    Oh! These shawls are so beautiful! I can’t wait to see them knitted. I like the last big squre one the best.

  340. Theresa

    My favorite is the one in the second row on the left. I normally hate nupps (my first experience was with addi turbos, I like the better with sharper needles), but in this case the nupps look like little berries and I just love that.

  341. Amanda

    Ooh they are so lovely. I pick el13, the last one in the pale pink – I wonder what the whole of it looks like.

  342. Louise

    Now THAT was a post! My fave shawl is the third one down on the left side. Would that I had the time to learn charts and actually make something like that.

  343. Stella

    The first one is really lovely. I think it would see a lot of use, and probably be fun to knit, too. I’m sort of bowled over by the second to last one though — the enormous square shawl — that would be a huge and wonderful endeavor to undertake, I think.

  344. Jen B

    I think I’m in nupp heaven. I don’t think I can choose a favorite. I may just need to update my b’day list.

  345. Judy O

    Oh crap. I just ordered a bunch of knitting books last week. I guess I’ll have to start a new list now, so I can put this book on it. I love all those leaves! I really like 3 and 7.

  346. Lee

    Wow, they’re all so lovely. I really like the square shawl in the second-to-last picture. Thanks for sharing.

  347. Sara

    Who knew there were so many cool ways to use nupps? I like the one on the left, third row down. I haven’t seen this book anywhere. Guess I’m going to have to “prompt” my local big box. And the big LYS two hours away from me.

  348. Sara

    Aaarrggghh. Turns out I haven’t seen it because it hasn’t been released up here in Canada. We have to wait until December 1st.

  349. patrice

    They’re all beautiful.

    As of this very moment, my favorite is the one on the top left.

    In five minutes, it’ll probably be a different one.

  350. Andrea

    So hard to choose one, but if I had to – bottom center, the white one with x’s around the perimeter is stunning. What an awesome book!

  351. Lynelle Schuerr

    Loving the pink one, and all those lilly of the valley’s (lilly’s of the vallley?) I can smell them (even if I cannot spell them) L

  352. KellyO

    I lurk on your blog every day. Those gorgeous patterns having posting a comment hoping for the book to drool on in person!

    Thank you for the chance to win it!

  353. luba

    Ahhh- all those lily-of-the-valley nupps are lovely! I love the first photo and the one below it, also the last one in the pinkish color…

  354. AnnP

    I like el8 and el13. Guess I’m into rectangular today. Lily of the Valley was a motif I wanted to explore in my next scarf or shawl. Nancy Bush hits the bull’s eye for me!

  355. Abby

    I have to say, the last one is my favorite. I really like that edging (nupps! pointed edging!) and that undulating pattern in the body. I would definately NOT make it in pink though!

  356. Dan

    Since you like this book so much, you should go down to the Public library branch at Copley and check out “Silmuskudumine” by Claire Hallik. Lots of Estonian charted patterns; my recollection is that most of them aren’t lace, but if you use a large enough needle and a thin enough yarn, almost anything can be lace. Also, if you do an internet search on Silmuskudumine you can find a Russian blogger who’s scanned the entire book, and who has also posted oodles upon oodles of German knitted lace patterns. (Why there are no Orenburg “platki”, I don’t know)

    Have fun!


  357. Denise

    I love the tan scarf worn by the lady in the red shirt, and the big square white shawl with all the X’s. Thank you so much for this posting, I’ve been dying to see more of the designs in this book!

  358. Ginny

    I love the golden one, bottom left. They are all so beautiful, but that one I think I could start—and finish—in a reasonable length of time.

  359. Shelda

    Well, goodness, I just have to get my name in on this. This sounds like a wonderful book. Nancy Bush does it again! Thanks for the review.

  360. Nadia

    I think if I had to pick a favorite, I would go for the square one at the bottom. The border pattern looks like so much fun to knit!! That’s only if I had to pick, though…’cause let’s be honest – they all look fantastic!

  361. Faith

    The one on the top right has a quiet elegance that draws me in to the picture. I love the color, the pose, and the knit. It’s just completely gorgeous.

  362. Rebecca Gordon

    I’m partial to the swirls on the 5th scarf, although I prefer a rectangular shape. Also love the large X’s on the penultimate pic. Gorgeous, all of it!

  363. kruthig

    Third down, on the right caught my eye — probably because it’s something I would wear to work on a chilly day. But they’re all beautiful.

  364. Rosalia

    Hi Kathy! Thanks so much for the info on this book and the gorgeous pictures! My favorite is the brown one on the right hand side on the first row. I am petite and I like shawls that are not bigger than me (I can be little clumsy when in heels, lol) and this one seems to be a nice size for someone of my height that will compliment any outfit. Thanks! Rosalia

  365. Sara

    It’s so hard to pick! But the big square shawl in the center of the bottom row gets my vote — the combination of the translucence of the body of it, plus the openwork, plus the solidness of the nupps, really speaks to me.

  366. Michelle

    I’m throwing my nupp in the ring for the drawing – such lovely designs. I think my favorite is the red scarf…but I keep changing my mind.

  367. ASO

    They are all so lovely! I think I especially love the 6th one – the model is wearing a red shirt and the shawl is a light beige (I don’t like the color but the scarf is lovely).

  368. Jess

    Wow, They are all stunning. You are an amazing knitter, Very inspirational. I would love to have the patience and attention span to knit lace. The red shirt with the tan one is my favorite. I wish you had a picture of it all spread out. I love the edging and the way the knit looks like a peice of fabric. Jess

  369. Barbara

    Oh they are all gorgeous, I could look at them all day–but I think my favorite is the bottom middle picture. I love knitted lace it so beautiful.

  370. Gracie

    My favorite? Top right.

    My first thought was that the model was wearing a silk negligee and the wrap was an heirloom – a part of her wedding lingerie (how old fashioned of me!). The look is totally enticing. Now I, far beyond the negligee and lingerie time of my life, have already convinced myself to buy the book and knit the wrap – and wear it over something delicate and silky.

    And here I thought I was just a sturdy sock knitter!

  371. Deepa

    Wow, what a stunning array of eye candy. Thanks for sharing the pics and your extra book!

    My fave of the lot, though hard to pick, is el5.

  372. Marji

    They are all lovely, but my favorite is the third one down on the left, the white, triangular shawl. The pattern reminds me of riffles on a whitewater river.

  373. marsha

    I love the shape of the third down on the left, but red is my favorite color, so that one is lovely also. It would be so hard to chose that I might have to knit them both.

  374. Nina

    OMG Nancy Bush has a new book! I love everything I have by her. They are my go to books. I love the dark orange scarf #8 and the bottom left hand mustard orange one. They both look like things I would wear often.

  375. Lori in Michigan

    Oh the lust that fine fiber & delicious lines of lace doest draweth. Oh KLE, how I covet thee~

    After much consideration, I’ve settled on the pink, but just as the first I’d knit.

  376. Leah

    First-time commenter, but I love shawl #2. I don’t even want to knit shawls, but I want to knit that shawl! That’s how adorable it is.

  377. LoriG

    Oh, wow! I knew I wanted this book, but now I must have this book! Thank you for the eye candy and an addition to my holiday wish list.

  378. Sharah

    What a nice compliment to the Victorian Lace Today book! I love it! Thanks for sharing, it is just wonderful!

  379. Cheryl

    Wow! Those are absolutely beautiful! I’d love to make them all. I am especially intrigued by the 3rd down on the left, the white one with the flowing pattern that reminds me of spring flowers about to bloom. Possibly freesias? I love the border on the one next to it and the red one below that… One could stay busy for months, years even!

  380. rosesmama

    I really need this book. I really need this book. I really need this book.

    Thank you for the thorough review.

  381. Mari-Liis

    The big white square shawl (10th) is absolutely wonderful! It is a perfect shawl for Estonian bride, especially when it is a winter wedding, considering those cold Estonian winters. The shawl is just stunning. (But I donΒ΄t like the yellow one, it is not a typical Estonian shawl … wrong yarn)

    Best regards from Estonia.

  382. Beate

    My favourite is the third picture from top on the left!

    Greetings from cold and rainy Frankfurt/Germany.

  383. Marje

    Fantastic book! IΒ΄m waiting this book so long. The big white square, is my favorite! (I agree with Mari-Liis about yellow one. It is not a typical Estonian shawl … yarn is so wrong)

    Greetings from Tallinn/Estonia

  384. Trine

    Oh, tough decision.. But the last pink stole(?) looks very interesting, as does the square shawl right next to it.

    I loved VLT as well, though I still have to make something from it (started several times, but the yarn wasn’t right) and lace is my most favourite thing to knit.

    I especially love the historical part as well!! It’s so inspirational to read about how women used to do it hundreds of years ago without the modern comforts we have today.

  385. Allison

    I love #8, the red one. I love that it’s more of a stole/scarf rather than a shawl, yet it can wrap around your shoulders and keep you warm and looking beautiful! I think this one would be the first I’d make from this book! (p.s. Thanks for allowing us to be the benefactors of your overzealousness!!!!)

  386. Enjay

    Although they are all beautiful, I love the big square shawl in the middle of the bottom row labeled el12, with the big X’s in the border. One of the things that I like about the Estonian lace that I’ve seen is it looks so crisp and precise, something that is not always easy to achieve in lace.

  387. kelley

    oh my! i am speechless! these shawls are so incredibly beautiful. if i had to choose my favorites, they would be #5 because of the graceful shape and #3 because of the leaves and the arrangement of the nupps. thank you for your generosity!

  388. Larissa

    Love them all – especially the reddish one and the tan one on the woman with the red shirt. Wow.

  389. Tarazed

    I’d have to say I love the red scarf and the pink scarf/shawl, the very last picture πŸ™‚ Very pretty!

  390. martha

    A favorite? Third one down, right hand column. But, what a difficult choice. I’m looking forward to seeing your finished projects from this book. I tend to enjoy looking at the the pictures and dreaming.

  391. Helena

    I love your blog. Your work is amazing. Regarding the posted pictures, all the shawls are gorgeous but I’m in love with the lace work from pictures 6 and 8. By far those are my favorite. Keep up the good work.

  392. Wren

    A feast for the eyes!! Call me a weenie, but I’m practically moved to tears by the beauty of these shawls. ^_^ I like the very last one, the pink one. Hope you are well.

  393. Katy

    Oh, it was that one, then wait, that one. My favorite turned out to be the bottom row center. I must have this book, even if it isn’t your duplicate copy…

  394. Laura Sue

    This little contest has certainly brought us all out of lurkdom!!! I am entranced by the edging of #6. I think that any and all lace books are intermediate to advanced. Beginners should not be coaxed into lace unless we want them to quit knitting!

  395. Jan

    Oh, # 11 if that is the one in the last row and extreme right. The pattern brings to mind a simple but seductive dance step.

  396. Elisabeth

    I love the middle one on the bottom row. If you used a little bit thicker yarn it would make the most beautiful blanket to wrap yourself up in during the winter months and looks like something that could be really interesting to make!

  397. Liz T.

    I love the pink, the white triangular shaped (third set of pictures) and the one beside it…. oh, pick one favorite?!! Hmmmm!!!! Too many wonderful choices!! (oh, and the red one, also…)

  398. betzig

    Although I like patterns for triangular shawls, I myself am not a huge fan so KLE sounds like it has potential. (I am a VLT junkie…looking longingly at the pictures often even though I haven’t made many of the projects.)That said, I like the shape of el7, triangular but more rounded, almost a semi-circle. If I don’t win, I may have to track down my own copy. Thanks for sharing!

  399. jess

    I love the second one (brown over a white cami) because of the shape of it – it would be extremely wearable, and looks so dainty. Shows incredible promise for the book!


  400. Diana

    I love the really big square one, sigh. I could not actually knit it, but I would love just to touch it, and maybe drap it over my sholders and saunter around a little.

  401. Pat

    The 3rd one down on the right! It reminds me of my Estonian Garden Wrap (by Evelyn Clark)which is my favorite scarf!

  402. Maureen

    All these shawls are exquisite but I have to say my favorite is the second one down on the left column followed closely by the very last picture.

    Woo – there’s a whole lotta competition for this book.

  403. Erica

    Hmmmm…either the lily of the valley one, or the one below it (scarf on woman with red shirt). They’re all just gorgeous, though I have to admit a slight fear of nupps.

  404. Judith

    I just read a review of the book on Amazon. The reviewer said that the designs might be too monotonous for the serious Shetland lace knitter. I was glad to know that I’m not serious enough to be bored by these beautiful projects. I like the third one on the left with the curved back, plus all of the scarves. And the edging on the Madli shawl is so lovely.

  405. Jess

    3rd and 4th down on the right… lovely. And very wearable. The others are all lovely of course, but I’m practical by nature so I tend towards the scarves.

  406. Caroline

    I love them all but wow the red is a favourite..and the mustard would make a great everyday scarf

  407. Melissa Sweigart

    Thank you for the review… I hadn’t heard of this book before, and now I have added it to my “books to acquire” list. I’m really fond of the brown shawl with the diamonds that you have pictured. I know you aren’t feeling the triangular shawls, but I am really drawn to that one.

    I love when you have book reviews; there are so many knitting books out there, it is nice to get a better feel for the contents before shelling out the cash for one!

  408. tricia

    I just had the pleasure of seeing these shawls in real life at SOAR and the centre bottom one literally took my breath away. Absolutely amazing.

  409. Karen Faul

    I love the huge white square, can’t wait to try three or four of these. I’ve only done one Estonian style project, Laminaria, gorgeous.

  410. Amy

    I love, love, *love* that large square white shawl on the bottom center. The solid portions almost look like linen. So delicate! Absolutely gorgeous. Enjoy your new book, and the adventure of knitting those lovely lace pieces!

  411. Maryjo

    wow — 700+ comments. I’m delurking here to say thanks for all your blog postings and patterns you offer. My 27 year old CA daughter thinks your jaywalker pattern (which I am making into a scarf at the moment) is “beautiful” (high praise from a picky dresser)!

    And the shawls above — I’ll take (from left to right) # 5 …. now off to Amazon.com to see if they have it in yet!!


  412. Rebecca

    My favorites are the third one (lady wearing red v-neck sweater) and the bottom square one. So beautiful!

  413. Sonja Poor

    I’ve just started #5 (the white triangular one) which was previewed in “Piecework” magazine [Jul/Aug 08]. It may be at the outer edge of my skill level, but I just LOVE it. However, I’d say that #8, the red scarf, just might the one I’d try first from the book. I, too, have been anxiously awaiting publication. Nancy Bush is fabulous.

  414. Sherri

    I yearn for this book!! Just looking at these photos, the square shawl at the center on the bottom row is really striking to me. But the bit of lace to the right of it is also awfully intriguing.

    Could you tell us something about the how the yardage requirements run? Huge quantities per item? Or are there some, as in VLT, that can be done with not so much yarn?

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