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This hood reminds me of my dreams of the cold winters in Belarus, where my friends Irina and Olga live. We met in Vilnius a few years ago when we were all studying Lithuanian and we hit it off and have stayed in touch off and on, getting together when I visit Eastern Europe and chatting online once in a while between trips. I've never gotten to visit Belarus because it's not in the European Union and Americans need a visa to visit, and these visas are not inexpensive or easy to obtain. I'll never forget the day in class when our teacher asked us to say something about the nationality of our class partners and my partner said, "Americans are free." This is something that we take for granted all too often. Although we are not the only nation on the planet with this blessing of freedom, we never have to think about getting permission to leave our country and travel abroad, to vote for whomever we choose, and to criticize our government in speech or writing, in print or online, whenever we disagree with its policies. My friend's mother is an accomplished beader, and she made me an amazingly detailed beaded egg, which is now one of my prized possessions. As a small note of gratitude, I made the original version of this hood for her. This design is a wish of warmth and comfort, as well as a future with freedom, to my friends and their friends and families in Belarus. GAUGE 14 stitches = 4 inches in Leaf Pattern SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Width: 20" Length: 34.5" SUGGESTED YARN 624 yards of Worsted weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool XL COLORWAY Cinnamon

Supplies Needed

  • Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool XL (80% wool, 20% silk; 104yd/95m per 50g skein) / Color: Cinnamon 6 skeins
  • Tapestry needle / Four 1" buttons / Sewing needle and matching thread

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Donna Druchunas escaped a corporate cubicle to honor her passions for knitting, world travel, research and writing. She is the author of <i>Arctic Lace</i>, <i>Successful Lace Knitting</i>, <i>Kitty Knits</i> and <i>Ethnic Knitting Exploration: Lithuania, Iceland, and Ireland</i>. She teaches workshops around the world on topics such as rug knitting, spinning and dyeing, Lithuanian socks, Japanese sweaters and Norwegian pullovers. Donna lives in a 150 year old New England farm house in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont with her husband, mother and three cats, who all help her test the usability and comfort of her finished knitted items. Visit Donna's website and online store at <a href="" target=new"></a>.