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  • Aren’t indecipherable languages fabulous? Bring ’em on! 🙂 I love that wrap — so beautiful, so much handwork. Thanks for taking us along vicariously on your trip!

  • I love Estonian – like Finnish, only slightly more hilarious. 😀
    (Also, well done on the shop’s name – it actually pretty much translates to Craft Chamber.)

  • You did buy us each one of those linen wraps, right?

  • That wrap is gorgeous! Keep bringing on the vacation updates…I love reading all about it. Vicarious living and all.

  • I like that such a beautiful wrap is made from such a simple pattern.
    I’m inspired to make something similar, using the Barbara Walker treasuries.
    Oh, wait. I should probably finish the simple lace scarf that I started, ah, 2 years ago.
    Loving your travelogue.

  • I’m more charmed with every post! Thanks!

  • I’m so glad you enjoyed Tallinn! I spent many years there and miss it much.
    One thing: While you’re absolutely right about there being no love lost between the Estonians and the Russians, the Soviets didn’t build Alexander Nevsky or any other Orthodox cathedrals. All religion suffered under the atheist Communist regime.
    Nevsky was built in 1882, under the tsars, whom nobody in Estonia much liked, either.
    I hope you stocked up on big spools of linen thread! And I hope it’s still as affordable as I remember.

  • Tallinn is wonderful, we spent a few days there last February.
    About the Alexander Nevsky cathedral – it was built several years before the Soviet Union was “invented”, but Estonia was under Russian oppression during this time. During the Soviet time religion was more or less forbidden, so I’m not sure if they cared much for the building at all.
    Käsitö means craft, and villa means wool, very important Estonian words.

  • I’m so glad you liked Tallinn! I spent many happy years there.
    One thing: While you’re right about there being no love lost between the Russians and the Estonians, the Soviets didn’t build Alexander Nevsky or any other Orthodox cathedrals. All religion suffered under the atheist Communist regime.
    Nevsky was built in 1882, by the tsarist government, whom nobody liked much either.
    Head reisi! Enjoy the rest of your trip!
    (If you need any other Estonian terms translated, esp. for your knitting, I’d be happy to help.)

  • Thanks for the link to the video – what an inspiring story…

  • I know that Knitting Wall and that shop in the square – had to be dragged away from it….The Baltic is one of our favourite places to cruise, closely followed by Norway – pencil that in for your next one!

  • At first I thought those gates lookes like stylized balls of yarn.
    I guess you could torture some people with knitting…I could have been a secret weapon, “Sir, we can’t break her, she’s been knitting stockinette for 12 days, she’s asking for more yarn!”
    I wonder if Kay is designing a linen wrap at this moment?

  • Thanks for this fantastic travelogue! I am enjoying each episode and want to follow in your steps some day. Anxiously awaiting the next post.

  • You *did* buy the wrap with some of that interesting money, right?

  • I too am enjoying your travelogues. Quality control issues in the wall had me hooting. I find it ominously symbolic that the KGB gates look like two stylized eyes looking out.

  • Wow – it’s so cool that you were in Tallinn! I was there last month with two friends. I do know the Jolleri Kasitookamber. There are actually two in Tallinn. We liked the one that had another art and yarn shop across the alley/street from it. I bought some linen laceweight and quite a bit of yarn similar to Kauni. Jolleri is part of the name of the woman who owns it, and Kasitoo means handwork. There was another (third) small shop but it mostly had common american yarns and novelty yarn. The man from that shop told us he had “the best” yarn. Uh, no. We wanted Estonian yarn.
    We also took a day trip to Haapsalu. Absolutely hands down the best. Ever. I’d love to go back for a week stay.

  • I had the same experience with the language when I went to Prague last year, except with way too many consonants. I really find it all part of the charm of traveling.

  • subounds lubike uba fubascubinubatubing tubime, subimubilubar ubin clubuenubessnubess tubo muby fubamubilubie’s vubisubit tubo Bubudubapubest uba fubew yubears ubagubo. Cuban’t wubait tubo subee mubore ubof thube knubittubing frubom yubour ubadvubentubure. 🙂

  • The linen made my mouth water. Thanks so much for these posts. You should be a travel writer. If you want another language challenge, try Hungarian. Less umlauts, no prepositions. (But, oh, the food!)

  • Wonderful travelogblog! I’m enjoying every bit of it. Thank you.
    Laura

  • Don’t know if I should mention this, but Finnish, 15 cases. Yup.

  • oh my word I’m having a heart attack over that linen wrap. I’ve been searching for just the right pattern for a wrap from my louet euroflax and honey – this is IT. There has got to be a way to figure out the stitch pattern on it. I’m off to go back to your post and click on the photos for enlargement (fingers crossed and trying not to drool)
    p.s. loving the travel commentary 🙂

  • I’m loving reliving your trip and I can’t believe how many readers have been to Estonia. And I’m with Liz on Prague. I couldn’t pronounce much, but at least I could follow the subway stops and match them to my map!!

  • oh my word I’m having a heart attack over that linen wrap. I’ve been searching for just the right pattern for a wrap from my louet euroflax and honey – this is IT. There has got to be a way to figure out the stitch pattern on it. I’m off to go back to your post and click on the photos for enlargement (fingers crossed and trying not to drool)
    p.s. loving the travel commentary 🙂

  • oh my word I’m having a heart attack over that linen wrap. I’ve been searching for just the right pattern for a wrap from my louet euroflax and honey – this is IT. There has got to be a way to figure out the stitch pattern on it. I’m off to go back to your post and click on the photos for enlargement (fingers crossed and trying not to drool)
    p.s. loving the travel commentary

  • double dutch brings up in my mind
    trying to jump rope double dutch
    this is a grand tour
    thank you ann

  • I love this! I feel like I’m taking a virtual vacation with you. But now I have to go look up nupps – I’ve forgotten what they are.

  • I love Tallinn! It’s such a beautiful city! I have great memories of visiting it while I studied in Russia.

  • Does that linen wrap feel as cool and silky as it seems? *Exquisite*! [Look Ma, no nupps!]

  • Your blog posts require popcorn. They’re *that* good!

  • Thanks so much for sharing this with us. I am loving living so vicariously through you. If this trip is you taking a break from knitting what happens if you give up knitting altogether? Will you end up down under on a sheep station or surrounded by llamas and alpacas somewhere? Inquiring minds want to know.

  • Love this. When I pay off college for the kids, I am going Somewhere with an indecipherable language.

  • Thank you for sharing this trip with me. My uncle and his parents escaped from Latvia while it was under Russian occupation…and he never talks about it, so the story of your guide was very interesting to me.

  • Your visit to my ancestral homeland sounds lovely. I really want to visit Estonia and spend a few days soaking it in.

  • That wrap is lovely. Thanks so much for including all of us on your trip. All I can say is, “More, more!”

  • That wrap is lovely. Thanks so much for including all of us on your trip. All I can say is, “More, more!”

  • That art deco-ish iron gate, former KGB entrance, looks like some fancy quilt lines to me (shhh, don’t tell Kay…).
    Am really enjoying your travel log!
    LoveDiane

  • Loving your travelog. I’ve been on my own little (much less charming) journey so haven’t been able to comment. I love a post that includes weird facts, hot bunks underwater , and ends with a handknit. Only at Mason-Dixon….

  • Bravo! Loving the travelogue, the hand knits, and the different cases.

  • Just to bring in more nations: Talinn actually means “City of the Danes” and was founded by a Danish King, only to loose it to the Swedes who lost it to the Prussians who lost it to the Poles who lost it to the Russians… or something like that Standard Europeqan history, sometimes you guys “over there” frankly had it too easy.
    Linen! Great fibre.
    Not that I’m leaving wool behind, but for a summer wrap it is great stuff.

  • The wrap is a lovely souvenir of your trip!

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