Nancy Bush


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Two-Color Norwegian Gloves

These gloves were inspired by a pair with similar patterning in the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah, Iowa. Coordinating the colored pattern with the glove shaping makes this a challenging project.

Anu Raud’s Animals

Anu Raud's animals each have a unique personality and were designed to teach children about Estonian culture and traditions.

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A Haapsulu Lace Pelerine to Knit

Nancy Bush’s circular capelet is a different shape from a traditional knitted-lace shawl or scarf from Haapsalu, but this modern interpretation still includes the iconic nupps.

Things That Go Bump on Your Knitting

In recent years, the Estonian word “nupp” has become part of the international knitting language. Nancy Bush tells us more about this iconic feature of Estonian knitting.

Tvåändsstickning: Sweden’s Two-End Knitting

The need for warm, useful clothing was the foremost factor influencing the utilization of the technique of two-end knitting in Sweden, but the desire for beautiful and interesting clothing was also strong.

“Rebellious” and True Haapsalu Shawls

Deciphering the language of Estonian-lace knitting, Nancy Bush explains the subtle, and not so subtle, differences between "rebellious" and true Haapsalu shawls.

Norwegian Fingerless Gloves: A Pair of Offering Mitts to Knit

These offering mitts, also known as “mitts with tongues,” “church mitts,” or “stubby mitts,” were a traditional hand covering in rural Norway. They are a variation of the fingerless gloves or mitts that are popular today.

A Pair of Party Socks Inspired by Victorian Sock Patterns

These party socks were inspired by a number of historic socks Nancy Bush has been fortunate to see in various museums over the last ten years.

Special Knits for Special Occasions

Nancy Bush designed a special knit for a very special occasion—wedding gloves.

A Pair of Men’s Merino Socks from Weldon’s

This pattern for spiral-ribbed socks, from Weldon’s Practical Needlework, Volume 30, dates from 1914.