Overture to Estonian Lace
Mariann told me about her and Margene blogged about her; she's considered an expert on Estonian handknitting -- so I was glad to be able to work my schedule around taking a workshop/class with Nancy Bush.
My humble little swatch is about to be ripped and reknit. Several knitters completed their small samplers, but I ended up with less stitches than I needed, sloppy edge stitches (not good when one needs to pick up stitches) and pain in my shoulder and back. But enough whining. Even if I hadn't knit a stitch, I was fascinated by what she shared about Estonian knitting. Nancy also brought several Estonian shawls to show and share. I got really comfortable with the provisional (crochet) cast-on. I now know how to make a "nupp" -- exciting stuff, huh?
I still feel anxious and worried about some things but it helped to redirect my thoughts for the day. My words of wisdom -- if you have an opportunity to learn something or to do something you've been wanting to do -- take it. Then pay it forward and help somebody else do the same.