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More yarn doodling

There has been knitting here, it just seems like it’s gotten buried in a lot of other busy-ness, of both the unbloggable deadline and the construction varieties. This is my latest batch of yarn doodling, all nice yarns, 3 cotton, 1 wool, and 1 wool-cashmere blend (Willow). I mostly like the stitch patterns, though I found the purple one hard to follow. That’s a good thing about swatching—you can figure that out before committing to lots and lots of something you don’t enjoy knitting!

Again, I hope at least some of them will grow up to be sweaters. I just looked back at a previous batch of swatches, and realized that 2 of those 3 did become actual designs 🙂

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Craft Fair in Riga

Our visit to Riga was planned to include the large annual craft fair which is held at the Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum – the weather cooperated and we were able to see crafts, demonstrations and reconstructions of historic cottages and other buildings from the 16th-19th centuries. I’m sure the kitchen was state-of-the-art for its time, but I’m happy not to have to cook there!

A linen lace doily similar to the one the lady is holding (but unbleached), and a small linen table cloth from the weavers might have followed me home, but I couldn’t figure out how to pack any of the baskets 😉


Jette’s Mittens

The new issue of Piecework came recently and I was delighted to see Barbara Plakans’ article about Jetta Uzane* (1924-2007) and her beautiful Latvian mittens. Much of the information in the article plus additional photos can be found at LatviasFriend.

At the 2000 Oft-Timer’s session at Meg Swansen’s Knitting Camp, Lizbeth Upitis announced that she was going to take a group to Latvia in June, 2001—several of us just looked at each other and said “Let’s go!”

We had a wonderful trip, with access to mitten and stocking collections in a number of museums because of the contacts Lizbeth had made during research for her book, and also getting to meet with knitters (with the help of Lizbeth and a guide/interpreter).

One of our trips away from Riga, where we stayed much of the time, was to meet Jetta at her home. A collection of her mittens had been displayed in the US, and Lizbeth returned them to her while we were there.

All photos ©2001, E. J. Slayton.

*Rough approximation of the pronunciation is Yet-ta OO-zane; e as in let, short a.