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Doily

I’ve been wanting to try my hand at crocheting a doily for quite some time. If I’m honest, I’m not the kind of person that would decorate things with doilies or use them as mats. There are limited things to do with a doily, as far as I’m concerned. However, I have an unexplained weakness for doilies. A few months ago I came across this wedding dress and it awoke my urge to learn how to make doilies.

As sewing and large scale projects are not very easy at the moment, due to the mountains of packing cases and general confusion, I realised that this would be an ideal time to learn how to crochet a doily. I found this pattern on Ravelry and picked up a metal hook and some cotton thread and jumped right in, and I have to say that I just loved it! It was really relaxing crocheting – an ideal project for TV watching or chatting with friends, and what is more it is totally portable. I’ve got a long way to go before I’ll be making very neat doilies but it was a satisfying first attempt.

doily

So now that I’ve found my doily inspiration I now need to come up with something that I can make the doilies into and that is when I thought back to wedding dress and the effect of the doilies over a bright colour…….. and so I’m now planning on making loads of dark blue doilies of different shapes and sizes to be attached together and made into a full skirt with bright (pink?!) underskirt for my daughter. I’m thinking it might look rather sweet.

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Ripple

yarn

On 21 March 2009 I started a ripple blanket. I know the precise date because I checked back at my Ravelry page the other day and saw that the blanket had been sitting at the 95% finished stage for more than a year. So I’ve now been shamed into finishing it.

The pattern was a free one that I found through Ravelry and the blanket was really easy and fun to make in front of the television. I can’t quite understand why it’s taken me so long to pick up and actually finish. Probably the realisation that to do so I needed to weave in about a million ends! When I put the almost finished blanket on hold last year I did actually make quite a few other things, but I just didn’t go back and add the last two or three missing rows and the edging.

ripple

ripple

I used a bigger crochet hook than the yarn called for (a 6 rather than a 4 or 5) both because I tend to be rather a tight crocheter and also because I wanted the blanket to be very floppy and drapey. I made it with my daughter in mind and I wanted it to be as snuggly as possible. She tried it out for size on Sunday afternoon, when I was trying to finish the second last row – not the easiest way to crochet – and it was just the right size for her. I love making her blankets and, even better, she loves to use them. I like to think of them as an extension of a hug from me.

ripple

ripple

So, on to the next project. I’m not exactly sure what to do but I’m rather inspired by a photo I saw on Sarah London’s blog some time ago so perhaps it will be another blanket. I always think you can’t have too many hugs, can you?