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EstoCast: Unravelling Estonian Knitting with Aleks Byrd

When knitting enthusiasts encounter the tutorials and products of Aleks Byrd, oftentimes it’s their first exposure to something Estonian. This is both a great opportunity and a bit of pressure! Through her latest book and many in-person workshops, Aleks is teaching fans from all over about traditional Estonian knitting techniques, infused with a modern design approach.

In this episode of EstoCast, Aleks Byrd shares with us:

 🧶 the importance of knitting as an artform

 🧶 how she grew her passion for knitting into a successful business that shares Estonian traditions with the whole world

 🧶 the ways in which illustration impacts her designs

 🧶 why wool is such an ideal material

 🧶 how local knitting traditions have been preserved in Estonia

 🧶 what a väliseesti (diaspora Estonian) knitting pattern might look like

 🧶 …and much more!

(Hosted by Vincent Teetsov)

Find EstoCast on all major streaming platforms.

EstoCast is a podcast presented by Estonian Museum Canada/VEMU, Estonian Music Week and Eesti Elu/Estonian Life newspaper. In each episode of EstoCast, join us as we delve into another dimension of Estonian culture in Canada, Estonia, and elsewhere. Through discussions of books, music, art, history, science, and more, we discover what it is to be Estonian and what Estonian people have to offer the broader world.

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