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Icelandic Shawls

Today's mail brought me a book I ordered just a couple of days ago from Schoolhouse Press: Three-cornered and Long Shawls. The book presents 27 patterns: 21 triangular shawls and 6 rectangular stoles. Schoolhouse Press was very prompt replying to my email acknowledging my special packaging instructions (we've had a rather abusive mail person lately who thinks nothing of forcing things into our mailbox regardless of shape and size). They also followed my instructions (unlike other vendors) and shipped the book right away. I'll definitely add them to my list of good guys.

The book is spiral bound and not as substantial as I had expected for $45. A lot of the images are old black & white photos that don't show the shawls as well as I had hoped. Another slight disappointment is the translation. The companion booklet with translation includes instructions for all the shawls and an introduction on general instructions and techniques, but I would have liked to read also the historical background section since I don't know anything about Icelandic knitting. In spite of these complaints, I'm glad I got the book as there are two shawls that I like enormously: Hálfsák and Hirna Herborgar. More projects to add to my to do wish list. Ah, when?

Three-cornered and Long Shawls
by Sigríður Halldórsdóttir
78 pages
language: Icelandic
ISBN 9979-70-032-7

Translation by Marilyn van Keppel


Thanks for the heads up about the book. The cover looks impressive and even though the photos are b/w, they look very nice - - but I take your advice. For $45, I'll invest in more yarn.

Since I worked Eunny's Print O' the Wave lace shawl - I have been hooked on lacework. I recommend "Victorian Lace Today" if you don't already have it.

Myabe in 10 years after I practise some more! :: big sigh :: Some of them are gorgeous.

Those are beautiful and I can't wait to follow your adventure with them.

Just curious if you read through the translations of any of the patterns yet? I was wondering how well they were translated. I have been on a hunt in the last few days for Orenburg Lace and keep seeing that title. So I was curious how duable the patterns are? There are so few good lace books it seems still in print.