- A Wonderful Lace Knitting Resource Review by Winifred Waite
I love this book! It has a beautifully written account of Haapsalu knitting, gorgeous shawl patterns with very clearly detailed instructions and a DVD to illustrate the techniques. Nancy Bush has a well paced, calm and simple style of delivery and she illustrates the techniques so well making it easy to achieve wonderful results. My only criticism of the book (not Nancy Bush), which prevents me giving the book 5*, is that the chart patterns are fairly small. You can read them but it puts wear on the pages and I'll be making a few of these shawls! There is the suggestion that you enlarge the charts and photocopy. One problem with that is that some charts are printed into the spine of the book and it is difficult to flatten the pages to copy them without damaging the spine. I was disappointed that the charts were not available on the DVD to print out which would be the obvious solution to this problem. I have already made the Summer Shawl which involved learning the traditional Haapsalu technique of sewing on a lace edging and it is a really beautiful shawl. Now I'm knitting the Queen Sylvia shawl & I love the lily of the valley pattern on this. This book is a wonderful resource for lace knitters and is excellent value for money. Many thanks to Nancy Bush for producing it.
(Posted on 2/26/12)
- Beautiful Shawls! Review by Barbara McCay
I love this DVD and the book, too. The history of the Estonian shawls is fascinating, and the techniques are lovely. After watching this DVD I think I could actually make one of these shawls! Nancy has a very calm and informative teaching style, which makes learning from her very easy -- even on one of these intricate shawls! Both the DVD and the book are worth every penny I spent on them! Highly recommended for those who love the look of these shawls, and for those who are interested in this aspect of knitting history.
(Posted on 1/15/12)
- I thought I couldn't Knit! Review by Sandy Pummer
I thought I couldn't knit, but lusted after one of these gorgeous shawls and scarves. My mind could not grasp the static pictures in books that showed how to do the stitches. I got the DVD 3 months ago, and I am now on my second project. I really can do it! The DVD enabled me to replay each stitch over and over while I copied her hand motions. Many practice swatches later to perfect the stitches, and I started my first scarf. I am doing the second now, and it gets easier and easier each row. I never could have accomplished this graceful and elegant style of knitting without the DVD. Many thanks!
(Posted on 8/10/11)