ETA: This event is sold out. We have added special "stowaway" packages for knitters who would like to attend all sessions and watch the video recordings for three weeks after the event. Stowaways will not receive a goody box or be eligible for door prizes.
This Summer we will "travel" (via Zoom) to the beautiful Baltics!
Experience the excitement, traditions, food, and crafts of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania presented by locals, expats, and wishful admirers.
Join us for this knitting weekend of learning, laughter, and fun surprises.
TERE TULEMAST KÕIGILE! WELCOME!
Tonight, we'll gather to get (re)aquainted and to meet our new traveling buddies.
In the course of this fun-filled evening, we'll make a traditional Baltic dessert and will be joined by author Donna Druchunas who will speak about how knitting helped her find her roots in Lithuania.
ROOSIMINE: ESTONIA INLAY KNITTING with Aleks Byrd
Roosimine is an Estonian inlay technique that creates the appearance of embroidery through intentional floats in contrasting yarn on the right side of your knitting.
The name roosimine translates to “decorating with roses”, which comes from a style of short stitch embroidery done on the Estonian island of Muhu.
It’s the perfect embellishment technique--and it's way easier than intarsia!
SOCK TOES THE LATVIAN WAY
with Zanete Hussain
Discover the amazing (and easy) cuff-down sock toe decrease method Latvian sock knitters use, resulting in a perfectly round toe without the troublesome grafting of live stitches.
(What? No Kitchener?!?!)
BRAID-O-RAMA: LATVIAN BRAIDS AND THEIR VARIATIONS
with Ann Weaver
In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to work Latvian braids as well as multiple variations of the traditional technique:
Explore the exciting variety of these highly-textured and often quite colorful horizontal design elements.
The pattern for Ann's Braid-o-rama Cowl will be gifted to all so you can show off, I mean practice, your new mad skills.
Special kits in your choice of colorways will be available soon.
During this fun and casual evening, we'll share fun facts about the Baltics and head to the kitchen and prepare one of the most famous dishes of Lithuania.
Don't forget the sour cream!
FLORAL MOTIFS IN ESTONIAN LACE
with Brooke Nico
Estonian lace is rife with lovely floral motifs created by manipulating your stitches in unusual ways.
Join Lace Virtuoso Brook Nico to learn pro tricks for creating the nupps and gathered stitches that make up the foundations of these patterns.
Leave the session with several new charts for Estonian floral motifs--and the skills you need to create them!
10 UNIQUE LATVIAN FOODS AND DRINKS
with Zanete Hussain
Discover the unique food, drinks, and desserts that are a must-try on your next trip to Latvia.
Until then, learn how to make a few lunchtime favourites such as Kefir Soup or Rye Bread Pudding with authentic recipes.
STORIES OF ESTONIAN FOLK COSTUMES
with Aleks Byrd
Crafts are very much tied to traditions, identity, and sense of place in Estonia.
For example, each parish in the country has its own colour palette, stranded colourwork knitting pattern (for mittens, socks, and gloves), weaving patterns, as well as embellishment techniques for knitting and embroidery.
It’s all about the details! You can practically pinpoint the place a textile was made, sometimes the individual maker, and for women, you might even be able to tell if they are married, single, or widowed!
Discover more about the rich textile traditions in Estonia as we look at Estonian national folk costumes (rahvarõivad in Estonian).
SYMBOLS IN STITCHES
with Donna Druchunas
Why is it that so many people are interested in knitting patterns and stitches from around the world? Is it because there is so much variety in beautiful designs? Or is it because we want to challenge ourselves by learning a new lace stitch, an unusual cable technique, or a difficult colorwork pattern?
Perhaps we want to learn about our ancestors’ contributions to history or to trace our own roots.
But while we are exploring history or learning about ourselves through knitting, we are also opening ourselves up to experience what it's like to be in another place and time, and to see the world with different eyes.