Sunday, June 28, 2009

Two-Color Doily

This is one of the few doilies I've seen that is designed to be a two-color doily. Unfortunately, older pattern books do not give credit to the designer. I think this designer incorporated the lace and color in a pleasing manner.
  • Pattern: Knitted Two-Color Doily from Star Doily Book #104
  • Thread: Cebelia size 30, cream and 799 blue (I love this color)
  • Needles: 2.0mm (US0)
  • Rounds: 82
  • Finished size: About 12.5 inches diameter

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Fluttering Again

Did I mention that I am crazy about the MimKnits Flutter Scarf? This is my second, but probably not my last, one.
  • Yarn: Jaggerspun Zephyr, approximately 500 yards (left over from my Weeping Willow shawl), color Elderberry
  • Needles: US4 (3.5mm)
  • Beads: Japanese 8/0 seed beads
  • Finished size: Approximately 75 inches long
Meanwhile, my garden is doing well. The colors are always a source of inspiration.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Small Doily

Back in the day, variegated thread was common. While it does not work for many doilies — usually the more complex ones — it can be used more or less successfully for simple doilies, such as this one.

  • Pattern: Small Doily from Nurhanne's yarnover site (a resource treasure for doily knitting fans). It is 42 rounds. The pattern directs you to purl rounds 36-38 and 40-43, but I knit them.
  • Thread: J&P Coats size 30 crochet thread, small ball of 150 yards, color 19. The fact that it is J&P Coats means it is pre-1952 thread; J&P Coats and the Clark Thread Company merged in 1952.
  • Needles: 2.0mm
  • Finished size: about 8.5 inches diameter

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Square with Diamonds

The Lacy Knitters Guild (and as a group on Ravelry) is an amazing resource for lace knitters. The newsletters are chock full of information about lace knitting. And, each issue contains patterns from the Lacy Knitters Collection, such as this one:
  • Pattern: Square with Diamonds, Kunststricken 1637
  • Thread: Cebelia, size 30, yellow, color 745 (this is an older thread, judging from the label)
  • Needles: 2.0 mm (US0)
  • Finished size: approximately 12 inches x 12 inches

I made this doily for my friend Debbie as she begins her new job and new adventures in Vancouver, Washington. I've known Deb for 23+ years both as a work colleague and as a friend. She is definitely a doily-worthy friend.