Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Holiday Delights

These wonderful cookies were a gift from DSIL - she's so talented!

Sweet Dreams by C. Strohmeyer finished Dec 28

otn: another pattern from C. Strohmeyer, July's Summer Sun

Friday, December 26, 2008

Sweet Dreams wip

OTN: Sweet Dreams, the month of May's entry in C. Stohmeyer's A Year of Doilies, (modifying the last round to avoid cutting the thread.)

Loads of snow in the Lower Mainland over the holidays with more to come.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Snow Flurry, finished

A Year of Doilies, 1991 Leisure Arts 2120

- 14" unblocked doily, (15" in leaflet)
- size 10 thread
- 1.5 mm hook
- altered the last 3 Rounds for sharp points rather than round ones
- a gift for Mom

Monday, December 15, 2008

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Snow Flurry wip

- the December design from Leisure Arts, A Year in Doilies
- how apropos since we had a huge storm yesterday and with more to come later today, currently a windchill of -37C, brrrr...

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Hazel Henry's, Fruit of the Tree Doily

Decorative Crochet Magzine, September 1997, #59
8" pink doily using size 30 thread & 0.75/0.6 mm steel hooks

red Irish Rose/Leaf motif from a napkin ring pattern in The International Collection of Crochet Patterns

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Irish Lace/Tea Time Doily by Dot Drake

- size 20 thread, 1.0 mm steel hook.
I am learning how to make a variation of a clones knot;
- hold thread, between hook and left hand, with left thumb and index finger
- make 1st wrap to the right of thumb
- make 2nd wrap to the left of thumb
- pull 2nd wrap through 1st one, release thread from left thumb/index finger, then snug up the loop just made on hook; rpt for number of required loops.
- must remember to make the second-to-last loop looser otherwise the hook will not go cleanly through all the loops on hook; takes a lot of practice.
How anyone does this with size 70 or 100 thread is amazing!

eta: YouTube link

Monday, December 01, 2008

Paisley Long Shawl & Anemones

2/28 Cashmere from Colourmart in the UK.
3.25 mm circulars
74" x 17" after blocking with fringe; 48" x 16" before blocking and fringe

- still working out the edging for this Irish crochet project.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Child's Nautical Theme Blanket

- 36" square, unblocked
- lighthouse and sailboat patterns by Rhonda K. White
- rope pattern from The New Crochet Dictionary by Rhoda Ochser Goldberg, (1986, NY, Crown Trade Paperbacks/Random House,)
- moon/anchor/sun are my own

Monday, November 10, 2008

Fan Bookmark

cupcake's design can be found on her blog, crochetroo

Friday, October 31, 2008


- changing the edging so it matches Full Moon

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Yoko Suzuki's Anemones

- from Decorative Crochet 31, Jan 1993, pattern #14

Instead of sewing all the elements to each other I am trying to crochet them together as I go and minimize the sewing.

I treat the fiddly small leaves, C and D, like picots and make them as I come to them, thereby minimizing ends to weave in as well as omitting the sewing part. At the same time, I can sl st the other end of the leaf to a flower motif. Sometimes a piece gets attached upside-down then I need to re-do it, otherwise it seems to be working fine.

I have pinned the piece to a pillow to facilitate joining pieces in the right place and avoid problems with twisting. A better solution is probably to pin the piece to something pliable like a piece of plain coloured fabric or pillow case?

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Yoko Suzuki's design, 'Anemones'

... an ah-ha moment, the underlined "+" symbol means to make a sc through the back loop only.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Friday, October 03, 2008

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Pine Cone Doily WIP

Pine Cone is an old Coats & Clark pattern from 1953, Doilies - in the Modern Manner.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Full Moon Finished

A year ago Debby showed me how she learned to crochet, from her grandma, holding the hook from above like a knife, see Cal of Hodge Podge
on YouTube, (her demo starts a quarter of the way into this video.)

This doily, Full Moon, is my first attempt using this method - fast and painless. I like it.

- doily is 13" unblocked

Monday, September 22, 2008

Full Moon

- omitted last set of inner picots
- outer edge started to ripple, shortened the chains joining the tr clusters.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Full Moon

Full Moon is the name of this pattern.
Also by Yoko Suzuki and in Decorative Crochet 31.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Paisley Long Shawl II Finished: Grey

This pattern is a Yoko Suzuki design, from Decorative Crochet 31, January 1993.

Friday, September 05, 2008

40/2 Unst Lace Shawl Finished

... a Sharon Miller design

- 59" square, not so big
- ~4950 yds, 40/2 linen thread
- 1.5mm needles

- crochet doilies added to collection, 1 made by Mom, (left,) and 2 rescues from the thrift shop, (top and bottom right, $0.99 and $1.99 respectively.)

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Unst Lace Shawl revisited & Quest Over

- almost done, the edging is nearing the last side
- the next one, (ha!) will be half the size, a triangular version with the center knit on point
- started this again after the Paisley Long Shawl, noticed that my tension is looser, won't be frogging back the 3 rpts of edging with looser tension
- from the book Heirloom Knitting, except for the insertion it's from Barbara Walker's 2nd Treasury

The quest for an old pattern is over. I've been looking for a pattern like Anne Bruvold's Rectangular Silk Shawl .
I found the pattern in this Spitzenstricken Heft 3 and bought it online from Heidi. What a wonderful surprise, she threw in another collection of old patterns, (she does that, in the past she's sent me other really old stuff, gratis.)
Thanks, Heidi. You rock!

The Orella publication, (blue cover,) has 39 patterns/variations including the following pattern sheets, Spitzenstricken Blätter; 11, 24A-B, 25A-B, 45A-B 53B, 58A & 58B, 68A-B, 69A-B, 78A, 79A-C, 90D, 93, 94E-H, 95A-D … and ones similar to 13E,F & M.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Ravelympics, alpaca Paisley Long Shawl

Ravelympics 2008, 'teamcanada.'

Cast off Sat. morning, Aug 23, in Kamloops, but blocking and fringe had to wait until I got home - finished Aug 24.

This is the second design that I have knit from
(purchased pattern online.)

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

40/2 linen Unst Lace Shawl

- it took one 3300 yd tube of 40/2 linen from start to Row 121 of border.
- on to the 2nd tube. 14 more rows on the border then on to the edging ... clematis pattern?

- Valley Fibers 2/70
- more than half a tube left over from Federdolde