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Clara
queen bee

USA
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Posted - 03/03/2010 :  8:04:51 PM  Show Profile  Visit Clara's Homepage Send Clara a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I was very curious about this book - curious enough to shell out $60 and eagerly wait for my 3-pound tome to arrive. Hadn't Nancy Bush written all there was to say about the lace knitters of Haapsalu? Did she know about this book? Did they know about hers? (The answers would be no, yes, and yes.)

Here's this week's review.

For knitterly folks who take pride in having a comprehensive reference library, this is a must-add. If you're an Estonian lace dabbler on a budget? Maybe not. All I can say is that this book comes with its own soundtrack. Open the cover and a choir of angels starts to sing. Birds tweet. Doves land on your shoulder. Deer wander out from the forest. It's a beautiful thing.

Clara
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Martheme
Sustaining Member

USA
1565 Posts

Posted - 03/04/2010 :  08:07:33 AM  Show Profile  Visit Martheme's Homepage  Send Martheme a Yahoo! Message Send Martheme a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Okay, Seriously Clara! you have got to stop reviewing such great books! You are totally killing my book budget so far this year . . . I've wound up with something like 6 new knitting books I hadn't planned to buy and about 1/2 of those are directly because of you! And now I have to go get this one! I'm begging you, please next book review pick a nice celebrity filled pattern book . . .

Are you trying to be the Oprah of knitting books?

;) Margaret

Blog: http://www.afewsheepshyofafarm.com/
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carolbeech
Gabber Extraordinaire

USA
444 Posts

Posted - 03/04/2010 :  08:22:46 AM  Show Profile  Visit carolbeech's Homepage Send carolbeech a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I purchased this book from Elann and I think it is so beautiful. I love the photographs of the original shawls and the stories about the famous people who were the recipients of a Haapsalu shawl. I think the book is very usable with a little experience.

www.carolbeech.blogspot.com
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LJ
Permanent Resident

USA
1938 Posts

Posted - 03/04/2010 :  08:26:03 AM  Show Profile  Visit LJ's Homepage Send LJ a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Dear Clara,

Please stick with sock book reviews. I am not tempted by them.

Lace books are another story. And I need new shingles for my roof.

Regards
Linda in Va

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larkanne
New Pal

USA
1 Posts

Posted - 03/04/2010 :  08:45:20 AM  Show Profile Send larkanne a Private Message  Reply with Quote
This is an excellent review, and made me take a second look at the book. Having read Nancy Bush's book cover to cover, and knit from it, I wasn't really interested in a second book on the subject. You make it clear that this is quite a different view, and I will be watching for it. Although I will probably check it out of the library rather than buy this one.

Clara, you are a great writer. You provide prospective and a tremendous amount of information with economy and interesting style!
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kcknitnut
New Pal

USA
32 Posts

Posted - 03/04/2010 :  09:00:31 AM  Show Profile Send kcknitnut a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I. too have the first book. Our Knitting guild wants to have a raffle for Oct. Cancer Walk. So I went to pg 83 and decided I'd so that TRANGULAR SHAWL for the project. Doing the "nupps" is the challenge. Using a toothpick along side the needle solved the problem for me. I'm on the second layer of "nupps" on the first chart. Takes me 45 min to do 2 rows. There have been needlepoint challenges in my life but THIS is my first REAL knitting challenge.

KC
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minh
Permanent Resident and Destasher Extraordinnaire

USA
3458 Posts

Posted - 03/04/2010 :  12:09:02 PM  Show Profile  Visit minh's Homepage Send minh a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The problem with Clara's reviews is that her writing is so compelling that if she wrote a positive review on a book about the history of toilet paper or the many uses of sawdust for example, I would be halfway to the bookstore or clicking on the "buy now" button before realizing that I don't care about those topics that much. Or I might read the books and discover that these topics are profound and important.

Her power is great...

http://minkyknits.blogspot.com
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Martheme
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USA
1565 Posts

Posted - 03/04/2010 :  12:16:03 PM  Show Profile  Visit Martheme's Homepage  Send Martheme a Yahoo! Message Send Martheme a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Minh, I totally agree . . . she could sell ice to penguins ;) My copy of the book is now on its way from Elann . . . I had to get it before the power of Clara's review cases it to sell out ;)

Margaret

Blog: http://www.afewsheepshyofafarm.com/
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Jane
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USA
4379 Posts

Posted - 03/04/2010 :  12:16:42 PM  Show Profile  Visit Jane's Homepage Send Jane a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by minh

The problem with Clara's reviews is that her writing is so compelling that if she wrote a positive review on a book about the history of toilet paper or the many uses of sawdust for example, I would be halfway to the bookstore or clicking on the "buy now" button before realizing that I don't care about those topics that much. Or I might read the books and discover that these topics are profound and important.

Her power is great...

http://minkyknits.blogspot.com

Ahhh, remember Clara's fabulous review of PurrFect Yarns?

Jane

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minh
Permanent Resident and Destasher Extraordinnaire

USA
3458 Posts

Posted - 03/04/2010 :  12:38:57 PM  Show Profile  Visit minh's Homepage Send minh a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Jane, thanks for the reminder! I am so gullible and powerless when Clara reviews something...

http://minkyknits.blogspot.com
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eldergirl
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USA
1799 Posts

Posted - 03/04/2010 :  6:43:28 PM  Show Profile Send eldergirl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
It is really a very lovely book.

I was so excited to hear about it on another newsletter (you got scooped, Clara!)
that I bought it from Estonia, and it is written in Estonian!

Now there's cultural integrity for you!

Of course, within a week of receiving it, I heard that it was going to be republished in English! Glack!

But it only cost me $40.00, maybe $45, with postage! So I am not totally disappointed.

And I have heard that learning Estonian is a snap! Berlitz says 4 hours, max.

Anna

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