Crochet Lace Doilies … Yay or Nay?

In the last days I decided to take out my crochet hook and enjoy the feeling of creating something that wouldn’t weigh a ton.

I had bought a few balls of Rico Design Crochet Essentials cotton and I was itching to explore how it would perform.

I first decided to create some free hand coasters featuring all the colors I had.

This is what I realized with a size 2.00 mm hook.

Doily 1
Doily 2

I am not such a skilled crochet and lace weight always feel intimidating. My only previous experience was a set of four coasters I had made for mum for Christmas… and you know… usually mums never harshly critique the crafted presents they receive from their daughters.

I think the red opaque cotton (which was a leftover found at the bottom of my grandmother stash) was a delight to work with.

heart doily

The pattern of this red coaster is free and provided by Red Heart. I really enjoyed it.

Anyway, I felt it was time to push myself out of my comfort zone, and I selected a little more complicated pattern to do. You can see it on Cylinda Mathews’s Ravelry Page or if you don’t have a Ravelry account you can access it here.

Admittedly it wasn’t an easy ride, even if the instructions were really clear, I blame my little skill.

Overall I am really happy with the result and this project gave me enough confidence to explore more works of this kind.

Big Doily

What about you? Are doilies too old fashioned or you believe they can be spruced up and reinvented into modern fashion?

The memory blanket – finished!

Oh Glorious day, I finished knitting my monster blanket!
I was so excited about having completed this knitted project that I snapped a souvenir picture of the last stitch I casted off. (I am a little ashamed of such childish reaction, but sometimes also foolish things in life need to be cherished and enjoyed)

I have to admit that while I was knitting the second half of it, I started to worry about not meeting the deadline for this project. As I previously wrote, this blanket was commissioned as a birthday present, for 21st April (If you are interested in the background story of this project you can read my posts in the WIPs section first post and this was my update).

Once I had knitted the second half of the blanket I was able to check how the end result would look like.

I was quite satisfied on the colour scheme, it was exactly how I had designed it in my mind.
Before sewing it together and starting embroidering the names on it I performed a quality check. We all know that on such big projects errors might be overlooked, namely because of the amount of stitches you need to work on each row.
I found that one the border instead of knitting in garter stitch, on one *insert any curse of your choice here* row I had worked it in stockinette stitch.
It was too late to do anything, but at the same time I didn’t want to leave such an abomination in my pride and joy, so I opted for a cosmetic remedy instead.
You can see how I used the thread to mock up garter stitch bumps on top of the stockinette stitch.

Happy with it I decided it was time to start embroidering the names with duplicate stitch. Luckly in my youth I had been fascinated by embroidering and cross stitch, so I had an embroidery loop at hand. I still had the two parts of the blanket separated, but the fabric was heavy nonetheless. The loop helped me immensely.

Names written I started to sew together the two halves. I don’t know which kind of black magic causes this, but everytime I put together two pieces of knitted fabric I always end up with asymmetrical end bits.
Every time I reached the black garter stitch band, I had to undo few stitches because they never matched. I guess it depends on how skilled and experienced you are, but I was determined to sew them even, neat and pretty. You can guess it, it took me a whole morning to do it.

I proceeded to block it and it is currently drying out as flat as I can …. well almost flat… oh come on … it is way too big for my airer it is not my fault!!

I turned it already a few times because it needs to be shipped to Italy asap (tomorrow morning at the latest), I am even considering turning on the heating to help it dry! (BTW, today we had a gorgeous sunny day in England.. this alone should be a reason to celebrate).

Anyway, without digressing too much, this is the end result, what do you think? center
I simply love it, even if it took me approximately 80 hours to do it and it caused my several headaches and anxiety attacks.

And now? Don’t worry, another project is already on the way!