1) I ran the pattern through the mostly unhelpful Google translator which provided insightful tips like these:
huivin be pingotukessa until it is completely dry.
Heads Telecommunication Finally the yarn ends.
3) I luckily mentioned my effort to knitting savant Sue, who happened to be knitting a shawl that appeared to begin in the same manner as this one. So I used her instructions to begin the project.
4) The lace portion is charted and most knitting charts depict the same stitches in any language, so it wasn't all that difficult after all. Anyway, I'm pretty proud of my Lumi Shawl (Lumi means snow).
And, I know my Finnish grandfather (who taught me a few words in Suomi) would be proud too. So, here it is . . . knitted in a Elsabeth Lavold yarn "silky wool," whose obtuse name cleverly disguises the fact that it is a silk and wool blend.
There has been other knitting too--CHRISTMAS KNITTING!!!! or maybe birthday knittting, I haven't decided which. You see, there are two lovely nieces who live in the fantasy world of Laura Engels Wilder and for whom I made prairie dresses last year. Certainly they need shawls to go with those dresses, and so as of this morning I am one shawl to the good in filling that need.