On Sunday, I took an all-day class on knitting Haapsalu shawls with Nancy Bush, offered through the Sand N Sea knitting guild. It was a lot of fun and I even finished my class sample during the class. I’ve often left classes with an unfinished project that I’ve never gone back to complete.
In a traditional Haapsalu shawl ( Haapsalu being a town in Estonia) the edgings are knit separately and then sewn on to the center later. This way the edging can begin from the outside points and work inward, allowing for different patterning than picked up edgings. Traditionally these shawls were knit as a cottage industry and the whole family could be knitting on the same shawl at once.
Here’s my little class project. I even blocked it out that night!
The borders are done in two parts, sewn to the center and then they are seen together in the two corners. It is a traditional Lily of the Field motif. This used Jamison’s Lace weight yarn and is about a foot in height.
I’m not sure if there are any Estonian shawls in my future. The one on the cover of Nancy’s book is pretty appealing to me. It does feel like a waste to knit a square shawl just to fold it in half though.
Any nupp fans out there? If I knit the shawl, I’ll do hundreds if not thousands of them!