Today I booked a trip to Estonia. I’m so excited to be able to go to this place that, by all accounts, is a knitting paradise. My friend Nancy told our knitting group about it and it’s just too interesting and exciting to pass up. Jacki is coming too so it will be a real party!
I almost feel like a traitor posting about it here. Shouldn’t we keep this event a secret? But now that we’ve registered and have booked flights, I don’t mind if the conference sells out. We’re in!
It’s a 2 1/2 day conference about Estonian knitting, but also other Scandinavian knitting, in mid-May, about a 2 hour drive from Tallinn. Here’s the web site about it if you are interested. Jacki and I are flying in on Wednesday and out again on Sunday so we have a day either side to see a bit of Tallinn. I really can’t wait.
In 2008, 2009 and 2010 I traveled to knitting events outside of the Netherlands. It just wasn’t possible to do that in 2011 although I did manage to get to a talk by Brenda Dayne at A Verb For Keeping Warm in Oakland while visiting family in California. It will be great in 2013 to make it to an international knitting event again. This event looks especially interesting because there are NO knitting classes (I’ve taken enough of those, some good, some terrible) and instead are talks and demonstrations. I want to hear about the history of knitting in countries with a knitting tradition that we try to copy faithfully these days. I want to see the real thing, not a watered down “easy” version in a how-to class. I want to hear about what inspires modern fiber artists. Why do they do what they do? Where do they draw their energy from?
The photo above is not a new one. It’s a photo of a shawl I made my mom earlier this year. It uses traditional Estonian stitches and I think it’s one of the more beautiful things I’ve made. It’s worth showing again on the blog. I’m thinking now that I should make myself an Estonian shawl before May. In bright orange so people know where I’m from. That’s a little more subtle than flags on a backpack, and a lot more stylish.