This book is a work of art, with stunning photographs of beautifully executed knitting patterns made by true masters of knitting in Estonia, and of real people (not models) wearing these shawls. Within seconds of seeing the book in my local yarn shop (at a lower price, by the way), I decided to buy it. I have perused my copy from cover to cover and am using it for a project and unfortunately have dropped it on the floor so many times that I have ordered a second copy to sit safely in my bookshelves. My current copy will now happily be a working copy, and I really mean that as there are so many shawls that I'll want to make. The patterns are really easy to read even though the symbols are different from what is typical in the US. I have grown to like them better than what we use here. The patterns also contain not only the basic motif to be repeated, but also stitches added to the beginning and ending of the repeat to make the edges of the patterns symmetrical/mirror images. A contemporaneous Estonian pattern book published in the US does not do that, and the difference is truly noticeable once you see the beautiful patterns in this book. The construction instructions are detailed enough that I should have no problem finishing my shawl once the center section and border are knitted. Although the price may seem high, it is truly a bargain given the sheer beauty of the book and the fact that there are well over 100 designs. I can't say enough good about this book!