Last year Estonia started yearlong celebration of 100th birthday. For our small country it was very important milestone.
Although by blood I’m more Russian than Estonian, I was born here and raised as Estonian. And I am very grateful for that. I grew up speaking two languages and later thanks to American cartoons, I had three. I’m happy that I had privilege to grow up in a peaceful and beautiful country. Since my birth, Estonia has evolved tremendously and keeps on getting better. We are probably best known for Skype, model Carmen Kass and e-Government (and of course much, much more), but for knitters it’s Estonian lace. Patterns contain nupps, which are unique to our region and what made patterns extra special. They are also proof that fine lace is knitted by hand, no machine can still do it.
So it won’t come as a surprise that a lace knitter would make a very special shawl as a gift to Estonia. It took long months of planning and knitting, pattern had some special stitches and 6556 9-ply nupps! Even box for shawl had special design and of course was also hand made. Shawl is in Estonian National Museum.
I was asked if I will publish this pattern, but answer was no. This shawl was a gift and also not meant to be worn. It was my tribute to my homeland. But I didn’t forget knitters wishes, so this year I’m publishing simplified version for everyone to enjoy. Check out published pattern here: https://lacebycr.com/en/shop/pdf-pattern-eesti-100
Pattern named “Nr. 53” was waiting for a long time to be tested. It was more complex and time consuming than my usual work due to 21-ply nupps, a lot of stockinette and big size. But it was a very enjoyable and I would love to knit it again one day. https://lacebycr.com/en/shop/pdf-pattern-nr-53/
In September we published yet another free pattern “Illusion”, this one dedicated to my dear cat. She’s been with me for few great years so far and hopefully we have a lot more years to come. She turns 15 in March, but she still is acting like a girl. https://lacebycr.com/en/shop/pdf-pattern-illusion/
In November we published “Simple Things”, but it could have been named also Biology as I was mainly knitting it in my Biology lectures. My teachers allow me to knit during lectures, because I still manage to listen and answer. https://lacebycr.com/en/shop/pdf-pattern-simple-things/
Pattern “Porsche the Cat” is dedicated to a rescued cat, who was unfortunately too sick and we had to let him ago after only three weeks. He had failed kidneys (lost his eye-sight because of it) and he also was deaf. I was happy to give him home, love and a lot of attention, he deserved it. https://lacebycr.com/en/shop/pdf-pattern-porsche-the-cat/
So what’s next for 2019? We won’t publish patterns every week, but there will be something from time to time. I had finally time to start working on my first book full on cool and colorful patterns. One shawl is already finished and yesterday I started next one. I’m hoping to be finished by 09.2020, so there will be a lot of work ahead.
I thought it would be interesting to show how shawl is created from scratch, what happens behind closed doors. I must say, there are reasons why not every pattern is done this way. Since this work was done by me personally, I didn’t quite finish pattern before starting. I will add comment where I did things differently.
I say, it is not. My first shawls were Swallowtails by Evelyn A. Clark and I used heavier lace weight mohair blend. I made one for myself and few for colleagues. I wore mine every winter for years, first on wool coat and later on with leather jacket.
Every pattern has a different fate – some go to explore the world, some become something you can touch or just stay as a file on some cloud. I’ll share story of this shawl, because pattern won’t go exploring and it will be one of a kind.