“Memorable” doily? Got that right…

This week I decided to start another Patricia Kristoffersen doily. I chose Memorable from Simply Delightful Doilies. I’ll certainly remember how many times I ripped out the first ten rounds: three.

It isn’t really difficult to crochet. The problem is the directions. They’re very challenging to follow for the first ten rounds. After that, it’s easy. Here is my progress:



Doily mania

In my pursuit of procrastinating on the sleeves to my sweater I have fallen into the doily hole. I had plenty of mercerized crochet thread to make two pinwheel doilies:

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This one above is “Pineapple Pinwheel” by Agnes Russell, which I’ve made before.

This other one, below, is a another version of the classic pinwheel called “Pinwheel Treat:”

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After I made these two doilies I dived into my doily pattern collection. It seems when I was a teenager I acquired quite a few Leisure Arts books about doily patterns and, without even knowing it, became a Patricia Kristoffersen fan boy. Way back in the day, before we had the Internet and Ravelry and all that other computer stuff (I believe my computer model when I was in high school was an Amiga 500), we didn’t (or at least I didn’t) pay much attention to who wrote the patterns. Mostly, I went to the store, looked at the pattern books, and grabbed the ones with pictures of stuff I wanted to make. Well, anyway, my young eyes always seemed to gravitate towards the Patricia Kristoffersen designs because I have quite a few books and leaflets by her.

Have I digressed enough? Yes. So, anyway, I actually have 99 Little Doilies, which I guess I bought when I was in grad school. My eyes were ever faithful and gravitated to PK patterns even a few years after high school. I have never, in these fifteen or so years, crocheted a darn thing out of that book. It has traveled with me to about five different states and now a whole continent. It’s probably best that I forgot about that book because if I had even used it once I wouldn’t have finished my PhD because this thing is like Crocheter’s Crack. I made one little doily and then I had to make another, and another, and another. I actually have another in progress as I write this post. So, here’s what I’ve done so far from it:

I wish wasn’t lazy and had the energy to look up the individual patterns for these four beauties but the patterns in the book are only numbered and I can’t remember right now which ones they are. But, anyway, there they are!

On a bucket roll

What a coincidence. Last year I procrastinated knitting sleeves on a sweater by crocheting and knitting bags — remember my crocheted bucket bag and “Spare Pocket” designs? This year I have some more sleeves waiting for me and so far I’ve sewn some bucket bags with canvas as posted last week and now I’ve crocheted some more bucket bags. Those sleeves will get done eventually, right?

I crocheted the bags with Schachenmayr Catania mercerized cotton. There isn’t a pattern because I winged them.

This one, with the pink stripes, is for my sister, for her birthday:

This other one here is for me:

I added a special touch to these by lining the bags and the shoulder strap with some cotton quilting fabric and braiding the closure cords with embroidery floss on a Kumihimo wheel. I just think that Kumihimo braided cord is a lot stronger than a crocheted one.

Crocheting a bucket bag is pretty simple. All you need to know how to do is: 1) crochet (duh!); 2) make a flat circle; 3) find a stitch pattern you like; 4) near the top add a “dc, ch2” sort of thing to weave in your closing cord. I decided that I “needed” another bag for small projects. What would be your excuse?

Up next on this blog will probably be some more crochet, or socks, or both. No, probably not the completed sweater!