The Knitting Circle

News Flash! Knitting is Therapeutic!

News Flash! Knitting is Therapeutic!

Knitting is Therapeutic! Those of us who knit, KNOW. After a stressful day, when the world wears us down, or spools us up to an unacceptable level of stress, nothing is better than sitting down with our knitting in our laps. Soon, as our hands work, the needles establish a rhythm, and the stress of our day begins to unwind like the yarn into something lovely. It could be a sweater, or a washcloth. It really doesn't matter. The stitches grow row by row, our minds relax, and like water through our fingers, the stress flows from us until we...

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Hüvasti, Estonia!

Hüvasti, Estonia!

The trip to Estonia was a huge success. I hope to share the beautiful fibers I found there with all of you very soon. I learned so much on this trip! I drank it in like cool water. I can't wait to share all of the great knitting techniques and projects I have spinning around in my head. I've taken copious notes to be sure I don't forget to tell you even the smallest detail about the knitting and other arts of Estonia.  I'm working on classes now and hope to have them listed soon. I hope you'll join me! I couldn't...

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Greetings from Estonia!

Greetings from Estonia!

Greetings from Estonia! The colors and textures of this Baltic country are inspiring, and the  artists of Estonia have certainly responded to create beautiful and unique yarn, knitting and weavings.  From Tallinn, we traveled to the quiet village of Viljandi (pronounced Villyandy). We first visited the open air museum to begin to understand early life and fiber arts in Estonia. We were fortunate enough to be allowed to see some early examples of clothing not on public display.  Next we traveled to a small farm in the countryside where Anu Raud and Anu Kotli have a textile school to teach...

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Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn, Estonia

Arrived in Tallinn to a bright sunshine filled day. The hotel is in a charming part of the city called, “Old Town.”  As luck would have it, there’s a Medieval Festival in Tallinn this weekend. Everyone was in costume, except of course me. There were amazing hand crafted items made in Estonia by Estonians. Could it be better? And yes, there was yarn!  The wool produced in the Baltic States is exquisite, and the linen  comes in a close second. At the market and in all the authentic shops, you’ll find linen woven into beautiful tea towels, table cloths, and...

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The Estonian Trip It begins in Amsterdam!

The Estonian Trip It begins in Amsterdam!

And so it begins! In beautiful Amsterdam!

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