My newest project really is one straight from the heart:
When I was at my grandad's house while visiting England in the summer I saw a doily on the window sill that I remembered seeing when I was little and I asked him if my grandma had made it. He told me she had and went over to a drawer and pulled out another, identical one. He told me to I could have it as a reminder of my grandma.
The original doily had seen better days:
It had lost its shape after years of use, part of it had been ripped and it also had a big tea stain on it.
The first part of this Project was restoration. I started by washing the doily and rubbing at that stain. It didn't want to go to start with but eventually I got it to fade quite a bit.
Then I blocked it. When I block my own work I spin the project first in the washing machine and then really pull at the yarn to get the stitches to open up.
This time I was so scared of ruining it that I carefully dried the doily with a nice, soft towel and then very gently pinned it onto the blocking board hoping for the best.
Here you can see it before, during and after:
Now it is back to its original splendor. Here is my grandma's doily:
After I saw the doily I decided I would love to make one too and keep it with my grandmas.
Here you have my version:
My plan was to try and replicate the pattern counting the stitches and working from the original doily to try and make an identical one. But I decided to have a look online to see if there were any similar patterns anywhere.
I couldn't believe my luck when I clicked on one of the photos and saw it was the same doily and there was a link to the pattern!
The pattern is called Irish rose doily and is from 1949. It's vintage now and you find the free pattern here.
I used a 1.75mm hook and size 6 anchor crochet thread in white. The thread is quite old. My mom had it in her stash for years and years until I caught a glimpse of it back in August and offered to put it to good use :)
The flowers and leaves are made with size 10 Puppets Eldorado crochet thread
The main doily is made first and that you alternate making roses and leaves and join each on to the doily and previous rose/leaf as you go.
My grandma's doily is bigger in so much as it has more rounds and more flowers on the edge. Mine has the same number of rounds the original pattern states. I was going to increase it to make the same number of roses but it would have been enormous, so I kept it smaller.
Now, I LOVE making doilies. I got the doily bug earlier this year and really enjoy looking at patterns, admiring other peoples doilies and making them myself. But, I'm not one for having many doilies out on display.
But I wanted to find a way to enjoy these two every day. I gave it a little thought and came up with what I think is the perfect solution. My yarn stash is out of control. I have it in plastic boxes, a whole set of drawers set aside for stash controlage :) and also two baskets.
They are wicker baskets that have been painted white and have a linen bag inside them. They are perfect for keeping my yarn neat and organised. They are right next to my desk and I use them almost everyday so I decided to use the doilies to decorate them:
This way I am reminded of my grandma each time I look at my yarn basket and I made the baskets a little bit prettier at the same time :)
I used some thread and sewed the doilies to the lids of the baskets so that they won't fall off.
What do you think of my idea? Have you got any handmade items decorating your home that have a special sentimental value to you?
When I was working on the centre of the doily I thought how pretty the design was. It reminded me of a snowflake.
I'm thinking of making just the centre of the doily, adding some beads and using it as a decoration this Christmas.
Aside from crochet, I've really been enjoying the autumn sights this week. This is my favourite time of year to enjoy nature.
The colours of the leaves I see everywhere are beautiful.
In true autumn style it's been a bit breezy and some pine cones have dropped off trees:
And the olives are nearly ready for picking: