I’ve discovered, once again, how nice it is to knit a doily. I made one a couple of years ago, also around this hot time of year and I remember then thinking it was pretty good summer knitting. A weightless, small project in terribly smooth cotton that doesn’t stick to your hands. It’s a winner really. Also, you get a lace buzz without the drawn out sense of ennui that can come from a large project (which hasn’t hit me yet with my Shetland Tea Shawl but which is inevitable if I don’t take a break or two).
To that end, the last week (which saw us return to work. Yawn) I’ve enjoyed the thrill of teeny little stitches. Tinier than I’ve done for some time. I keep asking myself, why don’t I do more of this?
My sister Adele tells me she loves a doily. I think perhaps I should make some for her.
This one – it’s called Egeblad – is only a week old and I’m over half way on it.
I don’t care that they come loaded with a sense of being old lady things. The craft of making them is just so worth continuing and as someone on twitter pointed out to me last night, there are many modern ways to use doilies including featuring them in art work or clothing – accents, even bowls! I found a few doilies turned into bowls or candle holders on Flickr. Aren’t they lovely?
I’m not sure I’d want to do that with a doily I’d made myself, but it shows the kind of potential there is for taking these delicately made items and bringing them into the 21st century.
Of course you may still want to just put them under bowls and candle sticks and other trinkets, too. I’m honestly not adverse to that. Let’s see how it looks when it’s done – who knows how it will be used?
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There’s still one day left to enter my contest. All you need to do is comment on this or any other post this week and I’ll put your name in the hat. I haven’t a clue what will be in the prize pack yet – that will be determined by the name that comes out first. I can’t wait to come up with something to suit the winner!
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Futher to the last post about the Queensland floods, there are loads of ways you can give other than financially too. Although I’m not usually keen for actual stuff to be sent in times of crisis, simply because of the struggle that volunteers have in distributing goods when they’re stretched as it is, some handmade kindness never goes astray. If you’re a sewer and if you’re keen to make some quilt blocks or even quilts as donations to flood victims, Corrie at Retromummy is coordinating a big effort to get that happening. I’m having a go and my mum has said she’ll get on board too, which I’m really glad about because she’ll be coaching me on first my quilt blocks. Did I mention I was unfocused in my sewing lately? This is just the thing I needed to get me going again.