Laura Ricketts Designs

"She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands..."

Laura Ricketts Designs is a personal and business website for Laura Ricketts, hand-knitwear designer, author, teacher, crafter, mother and wife.

Another day, another knit...

This morning, early, I cast on Babysvøbet - Det hele kongerige by Marianne Knorborg. This is a shetland shawl the Crown Princess Mary of Denmark (an Australian commoner) has brought both her babies home from the hospital wrapped in.  

I've been eyeing it for quite some time, but I've been a day late and a skein short.  It takes a lot of skeins.  I now have 16 skeins of Jamieson Shetland (grown and processed on the Shetland islands, thank you very much), and I'm still worried I don't have enough. I'm halfway through the center square, and I'm halfway through the first skein.  It's boring enough.  Good thing the next part involves a lot of Danish translation

embriotic shetland shawl

embriotic shetland shawl

Actual color is dark, dark green or "pine."

On to the story already in progress: my solo trip to the Vesterheim!

It took awhile to find them, but once I did, the people of Iowa were very nice.

It took awhile to find them, but once I did, the people of Iowa were very nice.

The Vesterheim. Everyone should go!

The Vesterheim. Everyone should go!

The Vesterheim's Sámi exhibit.  

The Vesterheim's Sámi exhibit.  

I left the family having a lovely holiday in Minneapolis and drove down for an appointment with a curator and some gorgeous hand knits in the holdings.  What an incredible thing to be ushered into the inner sanctum -- just me and my camera -- and allowed to handle, take notes on and pictures of some beautiful, vintage Norwegian hand knits.  

My uncle and aunt's gákti.

My uncle and aunt's gákti.

The man's gákti collar.  From Enontëkio, Finland.

The man's gákti collar.  From Enontëkio, Finland.

The woman's gákti shawl and brooch.  From Enontëkio, Finland.

The woman's gákti shawl and brooch.  From Enontëkio, Finland.

I was well into this Sámi thing, when I found out my aunt is of Sámi heritage. I always knew she was Norwegian-Finnish extraction.  It turns out the Finnish part was a Sámi man from Enontëkio -- the far, far NW of Finland. These beautiful Sámi gáktis are hers.  Don't you love the stacks and stacks of ribbons?  The shawl and brooch?

More from the holdings tomorrow!