Sunday, November 02, 2008


Mandenblute is one of the patterns in "Old World Treasures" by Gloria Penning. Gloria is a treasure herself; her publications have kept many doily patterns in print and available to knitters.

This is part of my journey to size 100 thread. I'm almost there — this is size 80. The details:
  • Thread: Kordonet 80, made in Slovakia (I bought it when I was in Prague, either at Tesco or Kotva, probably in 2006). I used about two-thirds of a 20-gram ball. This thread is very crisp, which is think is a good choice for this doily, but it did have two knots.
  • Needles: 1.5mm
  • Finished size: approximately 16 inches in diameter.
The pattern has a few errors, which are easy to figure out. If I were to knit this again, I would change some of the double decreases. All are left-leaning decreases (slip 1, knit 2 together, pass slipped stitch over). I would use both left-leaning and right-leaning as appropriate. But in this size of thread, I don't think the direction of the double decreases is noticeable.


N. Maria said...

Wow, oh, Wow! It is stunning...........
I have all of Gloria's books and totally missed drooling over that one! Off to check them out...again!

Anonymous said...

Amazing work, such tiny thread and it's a treasure to behold!
Thanks for sharing and inspiring.
hugs, Rene'

Anonymous said...

Stunning! I'm going to have to look through my Penning books again. This is so lovely and you did such an amazing job with this tiny thread. An heirloom for sure!

LeAnn W said...

Lovley work! I missed seeing you at Myrna's this year. i guess that's what happens with 2 sessions. She mentioned your "lace in the attic" project from ellensburg. I'm willing to help if you still need helpers.
congrats on the Puyallup wins, too. Not everyone knows how BIG the Puyallup fair is & how much a win there means.

Sherilan said...

Oh my - so beautiful. I look forward to seeing which design you choose for the 100.