It’s title is Pitsilised Koekirjad by Leilli Reimann. This is the Second edition – expanded from the first – and published in 1986. Unlike Haapsula Saal, this is not just patterns from Haapsula, but from all over Estonia, and it includes photos of other items as well as shawls.
Unlike the new book, there is not a word of English in it – this was written for the Estonian market, not for anywhere else. Fortunately the chart symbols seem to be the same as those in the new book as far as I can see so far. With a little bit of thought you can work them out, anyway!
There are far more patterns in this one, but they are not as well set out as in the new one. After all, this was published before the days of easy type-setting of charts! But a little patience gives you the understanding of all of them.
In this book, the photos of each of the stitches is at the beginning of the book, with each stitch taking half a page. Later in the book are the charts, numbered from the photos. If the pattern is simple there are several charts on the page; if it is complex there may only be one.
As the charts are not actual ‘graphs’, but individual symbols, you do have to watch the spaces between the symbols. Many Estonian lace patterns change the number of stitches in a row, and I would want to chart a pattern before I actually knit it. But having said that, the symbols are distinct and the photos clear, and my fingers are itching…..
I had had several emails to and fro with Monica before she sent the book, and I mentioned I was interested in Shetland lace. She very kindly put in an actual sample of Estonian lace for me to touch and see!! It is about 7 ins across:
The wool is fascinating – very creamy white, worsted spun 2 ply, about a 2/28 at a guess. It is, of course, stocking stitched based, but the needles are relatively large compared with the wool, so it is difficult to see which is the right and wrong side unless you look very closely. The nupps form very solid spots on a light and airy background, counter balancing the holes. Looking at the sample you think it is going to be a bit stiff, but it is very soft – and practically weightless!!
Monica is in the process of building a website – I will let you know when it is up!
Isn’t the internet wonderful? ! I ‘meet’ so many kind and interesting people on line, and am able to learn about knitting traditions previously impossible to explore….