A Haapsalutely Lovely Day

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It was a regular summer day  – sunny-rainy-sunny again -, with one exception: I spent it on a trip to the heart of Estonian lace hearts 🙂 Haapsalu that is.

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If you aren’t familiar with Estonian lace yet, Haapsalu is a small charming resort town on the Baltic Sea famous for its exquisite delicate lace shawls often adorned with nupps – tiny bobbles. A Haapsalu shawl is made using very fine merino wool, around 1,400m per 100gr, and 3-3.5mm wooden or bamboo knitting pins or circular needles (and 4-4.5mm – for cast-on).

I’ve noticed that Italian- and Bulgarian- made merino wool is very much loved and birch laminated needles are very popular.

A traditional Haapsalu shawl consists of (a) the center part, square or rectangular, framed with a garter border and (b) the edging knitted separately and then sewn onto the center piece using a special long and fine “ball-point” needle.

A traditional Haapsalu scarf has a more complex composition than a shawl. It includes a lace border placed between the center piece and the separately knitted edging.

I am haapsalutely in love with both the shawl and the scarf. Needless to say, I was super excited to visit the Haapsalu Lace Center!!!

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I’ll give you a quick tour via the pictures I took with my phone:

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If you’re happy and you own any of these – clap your hands:

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– Clap! Clap!

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Apparently, lace knitted wedding dresses are a big thing now.

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Amazingly, every woman I saw that day strolling along the street, where the lace center is located, was wearing or carrying an item made of knitted lace, from a gorgeous lavender lace scarf, to a mother of pearl lace top, to a cream-white lace purse, to a sky-blue lace cardigan…I did not take any pics of those 🙂 but here is a photo of a lace pattern, Royal Lily, that won an August 2017 lace pattern contest in Haapsalu:

Haapsalu Lace Pattern Contest Winner August 2017
Kuningliilia kiri. Aime Edasi ja Siiri Reimann. Haapsalu 2017

 

 

Cheers!

 

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