On Monday, June 25 we boarded a train to the outskirts of Stockholm, then a bus into the city, then a tram out to the ferry dock, and finally an overnight ferry for Tallinn, Estonia. The crossing of the Baltic Sea was smooth and full of light. We were very close to the solstice and very far north. Even though we were not inside the Arctic circle, the sky never got completely dark.
|Our Tallink ferry from Stockholm to Tallinn|
We had a nice little private cabin with a wee porthole. Cathy, stick-in-the-mud she is, spent much of the crossing in the cabin.
Visiting the upper decks is like walking through a mini-mall, complete with several bars, a couple night clubs, and children's play areas. This does not appeal to Cathy, so she decided to take advantage of the time to catch up on planning our trip to Estonia. I kinda’ wanted to go to the disco upstairs—we could hear the party in our cabin and I wondered how the revelers would have liked dancing with me! I bet it would have been fun—oh well…
|Arriving in Tallinn|
After a good night’s sleep, we arrived at the port of Tallinn, Estonia. Cathy reports:
Upon arriving in Tallinn, Estonia, I again experienced one of my “pinch-myself moments.” Sometimes I get overwhelmed with emotion and a few tears when I realize what I am doing, where I am, and where I have been in the past year. (Yes, it was a year ago on June 22nd that Hamish and I left the United States.) I thought we would be finished with this journey last December, and yet here we are, still wandering around...
|Gifts from Cassie|
When they met, Cassie gifted Cathy with a bag of special items: two of her shawl patterns, Butterflies on Flowers and Butterflies of Spring; two balls of her own merino yarn (1500 meters each!) and a bar of chocolate!
Cassie loved Cathy’s
Autumn poncho and
made a lovely model for it.
Cassie was my first contributor in Estonia and what an introduction to Estonia! She used the fine merino lace yarn that Cathy had purchased at Ginger Twist Studio in Edinburgh to make this lovely motif full of nuups.
|"Nuups" are a special technique for making the bobbles that are the earmark of Haapsalu style lace.|
|Mare (right) looks at my first few rows, while Ene|
finishes up a section that includes an Estonian
flag and her name! (below)
|This paper yarn is called Gampi Surabu |
and is made in Japan. 34% “gampi” paper
and 66% rayon.
|Wool and Woolen Yarn Shop in Tallinn|
Cathy would return with me to Wool and Woolen three more times before we left Estonia!
Felicia wrote in my journal: “Hope you like my Swedish colors so you remember where the knitter is from.”