Lace Knitting Competition – Haapsalu 4th Lace Day

Lace Knitting Competition On the 30th of August there was a very lovely event in the hometown of Haapsalu knitting – Haapsalu 4th Lace Day. This was the first time I had the pleasure of participating and I jumped right in and also took part in the Lace Knitting Competition. The whole event lasted for five hours and was packed with interesting things to do. There were study groups where you could try different handicraft styles, sellers who besides handicraft also sold the supplies needed to make them (knitting needles, yarn etc.)

Siiri Reimann the author of the books about Haapsalu knitting (If you want one then go to the official publishers store) gave a brief lecture about the history of lace knitting in Haapsalu and also talked about the modern trends in lace knitting.

At one o’clock when the demonstration of knitted items was about to start it started to rain. But the women in Estonia didn’t let themselves be discouraged by such a small thing and also the lovely lacy umbrellas could be used appropriately. Sadly I don’t have any photos of this event as I was in the lace knitting competition at the time but you can look at the pictures on the Haapsalu Handicraft Society’s page. And please do look at them, the lace knitted items are wonderful! After the demonstration there were also dancers and a circus before the winners of the competition were announced at about four o’clock.

But here are a couple of pictures from the beginning of the day so you can get the feel of the atmosphere that was there.

Lace Knitting Competition

Lace Knitting Competition

This is me knitting after all the excitement (and rain) was over. I do want to point out my earrings, beautiful corn flowers (Estonian national flower) made by the super talented Kaisa from Sylph Designs. I just love these earrings!

But now to the main topic – the lace knitting competition. This year there were 27 competitors and we were given a beautiful brand new pattern by Siiri Reimann and Aime Edasi called “Browsing Aasa’s book…” The competitors came from all over Estonia and even from Latvia and Finland. The youngest competitor was 14 years old and the average age of the competitors was 39,59 not bad for traditional handicraft.

Below on the left is my work and on the right is the work of the winner who I’m glad do say is my second cousin – congratulations Riin! I did not make it to the top three this time but I learnt so much and will definitely participate again next year. When looking at the pictures then remember that the two pictures were taken at different times and angles so don’t represent the sizes accurately (my work was actually quite a bit smaller than Riin’s).

Lace Knitting Competition

And here she is after the winner was announced:
Lace Knitting Competition

And here are the winners of the lace knitting competition through the years.
Lace Knitting Competition

I did take more pictures from the Haapsalu Lace Center but I will show them in next posts.

Knitted Wedding Garters and Birthday

birthday knitting This past month besides knitting I have been searching for new challenges in knitting. I have already knitted wedding shawls and ring bearer pillows, but what other wedding related things could be knitted? Somehow my mind turned towards garters and I had an idea how to use Haapsalu lace patterns for knitted wedding garters. I quickly turned on my computer to see if anyone has already done something like that (usually someone has). And nobody had! Of course people have knitted garters before, the idea was not that unique, but all the garters that I could find were of a different design that I had imagined. So I quickly wrote the patterns down that were swimming around in my head, took my knitting needles and here is what happened.

Now these are only prototypes and therefore the actual products may be a bit different when they hit the store but they represent my idea pretty well. I also tried to incorporate some common patterns that I use in bridal shawls and ring bearer pillows into them, so in the third garter I used the heart pattern and in the fourth the Lily of the Valley pattern. They are not in my store yet so if you want one contact me directly.

Knitted Wedding Garters

Knitted Wedding Garters

Knitted Wedding Garters

Knitted Wedding Garters

So there is a word in the title of this post that has not been mentioned jet – birthday. Yep I’m a year older now 🙂 And I had the perfect birthday for a knitter, besides thinking about knitted wedding garters I was able to start a new knitting project that I designed myself. And here is a small preview for you but I will keep the design a secret for now 🙂 I do hope to finish knitting it pretty soon but there are some tricky parts that might postpone the final completion, but I promise to show the end result as soon as it is completely ready.

birthday knitting

Summer dress knitting

Summer Dress - Artanis Wedding Lace - 8

Have you heard of the saying “the shoemaker’s children always go barefoot”, this was the situation where I found myself at the beginning of summer. I didn’t have any summer dresses to wear! As I have always dreamed about knitting a lace wedding dress in the future this presented me with the perfect opportunity to get some hands on experience in knitting dresses.

There were two things to decide, the yarn and the pattern. As it was going to be a summer dress then I didn’t choose a woolen yarn but Scheepjes’ Soft Fun Denim that has 60% cotton and 40% acrylic, 50g – 140m. The color was difficult to choose because so many of them were beautiful, but I finally decided on kind of reddish pink. While looking for summer dress patterns I found myself on the Drops design page and fell in love with the Summer Feeling Dress and it seemed to be a good dress for a first dress to knit. I was a bit worried that the 500g of yarn I had wasn’t going to be enough but in the end it took exactly 350g of yarn so the dress is also light to wear.

I took pictures after I knitted every 50 grams so you can see how the dress took shape. This was also the first time for me to start from the shoulders and knit down from there so I was pretty exited to see how the tress would end up. And I’m very happy with it and will wear it a lot this summer (if the weather permits it). The only problem is that when I’m wearing it then it is very hard to take pictures of the dress. My husband took about twenty and only a few were normal, on all the others there was an optical illusion where there appeared to be lines on the dress that are not actually there (maybe you have seen sometimes roof tiles can do the same on a picture).

And here are the pictures of my new summer dress:

Summer dress - Artanis Wedding Lace

Summer dress - Artanis Wedding Lace

Summer dress - Artanis Wedding Lace

Summer dress - Artanis Wedding Lace

Summer dress - Artanis Wedding Lace

Summer Dress - Artanis Wedding Lace - 9

Summer Dress - Artanis Wedding Lace - 10

Sofia scarf – a modern scarf for a young lady

Sofia Scarf Knitted Lace Scarf by Artanis Wedding Lace
This year a young lady graduated from high school and we were also invited to her graduation ceremony. What does a knitter do when she needs a present for someone – knits 🙂 After consulting with her mother I picked a modern interpretation of a traditional Haapsalu shawl pattern. It is the traditional Sofia scarf pattern but it is narrower and edge is only on two sides. The inspiration came from Sofia scarf by Irina Haller in Ravelry but I did it a bit wider than in that pattern. And here is the result, the young lady was very happy with it.

Knitted Sofia Scarf Lace Scarf by Artanis Wedding Lace

Sofia Scarf Knitted Haapsalu Scarf by Artanis Wedding Lace

Sofia Lace Scarf Knitted Scarf by Artanis Wedding Lace

Sofia Scarf Knitted Lace Scarf by Artanis Wedding Lace

Lacy Alpaca Scarf – Secret Knitting vol5

Mustrimaailma Pitsiline salakudumine 2015

There is a secret knitting going on at an Estonian forum for knitters and crocheters. This time the theme is a lacy scarf.

And here is the scarf finally finished 🙂

You can see the scarf after the first clue HERE
After the second clue HERE
And after the third clue HERE
And after the fourth clue HERE

The last clue was given on the 10th of June and after that there was a bit of knitting, blocking and here I am with the final result.

Yarn: Lamana Piura 00 (white)
Needles size 3

I have got to say that I do like the yarn, it is suitable for bit warmer shawls and it holds the form nicely if you knit it the right way (in this scarf I followed the pattern but if I would knit the same scarf again I would change the pattern a bit so that the edge would hold better). I will definitely use the same yarn again, and recommend it to all who need a shawl/scarf for colder times of the year. I also have some red Lamana Piura and can’t wait to find a pattern to knit with it.

Secret knitting white Lamana Piura baby alpaca lace scarf vol5

The next two pictures are taken by my son who is seven years old. We took them by the peony because to me the pattern reminded me of them and when there was a vote on what the name of the scarf should be then it turned out that others saw flowers too because the name of the secret knitting shawl became Tiina lilleaed (Tiina’s flower garden; Tiina is the author of the pattern). The pattern is now available in Ravelry.

Secret knitting white Lamana Piura alpaca lace scarf finished

Secret kintting Lamana Piura baby alpaca lace scarf finished

The final pictures of this secret knitting were taken by my husband several months later.

Lamana Piura Secret Knitting vol5 - Artanis Wedding Lace

And we had a guest on this photoshoot 😉

Secret Knitting vol5 - Lamana Piura shawl - Artanis Wedding lace