Explore Lithuania with Donna Druchunas

Not many are familiar with the country or its traditions, but the enchanting Lithuanian landscapes and architecture make it an appealing and interesting place even at first glance. Donna Druchunas, who is part Lithuanian, dove further into the culture to discover more about an important part of the country’s history: knitting in Lithuania.

Although she grew up learning about Lithuania, it wasn’t until adulthood that Donna became interested in the history of Lithuanian knitting. When she was first learning to knit, she loved stories in books and magazines about knitting around the world. One book particularly sparked her interest: Nancy Bush’s Folk Knitting in Estonia (Loveland, Colorado: Interweave, 1999) made Donna curious about knitting in Lithuania, as the two countries are in the same part of the world. Her initial research on Lithuanian knitting proved unfruitful as not much seemed to be known. Eventually, Donna decided to travel to Lithuania herself to see what she could find, and after much research and exploration, she poured her knowledge of Lithuanian sock knitting into her Knitting Lithuanian Socks DVD.

Handknitted stockings, hats, scarves, bags, and mittens at the tourist market in Vilnius, Lithuania. Photo by Dominic Cotignola.

Handknitted stockings, hats, scarves, bags, and mittens at the tourist market in Vilnius, Lithuania. Photo by Dominic Cotignola.

Not only does Knitting Lithuanian Socks take you on an adventure in culture and symbolism (Donna explores the historical and traditional significance of motifs common in Lithuanian knitting, many of which are from the Middle Ages), it also teaches you three unique Lithuanian heel-shaping techniques for sock knitting. The DVD also includes three sock patterns that Donna explores in depth. Get Knitting Lithuanian Socks today for an adventure in culture, symbolism, and turning heels. For an excerpt from Lithuanian Knitting: Continuing Traditions by Donna Druchunas and June L. Hall, see the January/February 2017 issue of PieceWork.

Happy exploring,
Jenna

Featured Image: The historic city of Trakai sits a little over 17 miles from Lithuania’s capital, Vilnius. Photo by Mindaugas Danys/Flickr.


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