In my next book, Lithuanian Knitting: Continuing Traditions, you can journey with me and my co-author June Hall around the country of Lithuania and learn about all of the fun and fascinating traditions and techniques that we discovered during our travels. June has been visiting Lithuania for over a decade, and I made my first trip there in 2007. Finally, on April 15, 2015, we will be starting a Pubslush crowdfunding campaign to help pay for the printing and we plan to have books ready to ship in June. Read more about it here and plan your contribution in advance.
Thank you all that contributed to the Pubslush campaign. It was a success. If you missed the campaign, you can still get on the list to receive the first editions. We are taking PRE-ORDERS now for this book which is expected to be released SEPT 2015.
The storks come back to Lithuania from Africa every spring. If one nests on your property it’s good fortune. My friends in Lithuania didn’t understand why we have the story about storks bringing babies here in the US where we have no storks. America is an amazing place with a wonderful mishmash of traditions, stories, and ideas from cultures all around the world. E Pluribus Unum. Embrace diversity.
Lithuania was once a melting pot of sorts as well. The unique mix of what makes Lithuania special includes centuries of cross-pollination of ideas, traditions, and stories from Lithuanians, Russians, Belarusians, Ukrainians, Polish, as well as Jews, and other minorities. The ethnically homogenized nation-states of Europe that seem familiar today are the result of wars, genocide, and involuntary relocations in the 20th century. (Admittedly, the ethnic diversity of the USA is the result of the same types of events that occurred over the previous centuries.)
Writing a book is a challenge. Writing a book with a co-author is at least, for me, ten times the challenge. Why? Because once you agree on the content of the book and have the outline and table of contents written, you can’t deviate from your plan. Perhaps, in fact I’m certain, this is not the way all collaborative writing projects are done. But it is the way June and I decided to write Lithuanian Knitting: Continuing Traditions. During the process, I was inspired to write many things that didn’t fit into the book.
Writing about the History of Lithuania and the meanings of the symbols that we find in traditional knitting (and other textiles) were the hardest parts for me to write. I wrote both of these sections from scratch at least four times. Most of these words didn’t get into the book. Some were published as articles in magazines; some became posts on my blog; but most ended up in a folder on my hard drive called “previous versions.” Perhaps some of these words will become future articles, blog posts, or even ebooks with knitting patterns.
Here are some posts that I wrote in 2010. These sections enhanced my writing process and I hope will make your reading of the book more fun. Enjoy!
Lithuanian History, originally posted 20 Sept, 2010
Symbols and Ornament in Lithuanian Knitting, originally posted 11 April, 2010
Symbols in Lithuanian Knitting (part 2), originally posted 14 April, 2010
Learn about the traditions and techniques of knitting in Lithuania past, present, and future in Lithuanian Knitting: Continuing Traditions by Donna Druchunas (that’s me!) and June Hall. Plus find more than 25 mitten, glove, and sock projects to knit! On April 15, 2015, I will be starting a Pubslush crowdfunding campaign to help pay for the printing. Read more about it here and plan your contribution in advance.