Tiny Stitches

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?

Egeblad doily

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.

Egeblad Doily

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?

Doily turned candle holder

Photo: Marianne@Songbird.

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.



29 thoughts on “Tiny Stitches

  1. Bells, that is gorgeous. And I think you’re right, summer is a good time for the lightweight project. no heap of wool sitting in your lap. It’s beautiful. So delicate and feminine looking.

  2. Oh heavens! What a beautiful doily! And such tiny stitches. They are gorgeous, aren’t they? Delicate little things, and a pox on those who call them nanna-ish. Are they difficult to knit?

  3. I don’t think wwe should be held bak by the thought of how things once were seen. We are modern women and it’s good to keep these skills alive and give them a modern .

  4. I love the idea of starching a doily into a bowl – it doesn’t ruin the doily because it is reversible (I think). That said, a doily we got for our wedding (made by an old family friend) sits on my dresser under a figurine – and I’d never make it into a bowl. I love that I get to see it everyday.

  5. The doily is a beautiful one – and the thread you chose suits it perfectly, too. Love the slight sheen. I am more of a small needle person in general, but always find it’s nice to do something on different sized needles sometimes. It’s always nice to have a change – and a choice! It’s the great thing about knitting. Or one of them, I should say!

  6. Roxie, we had a doily my great-grandmother knitted and Mom made props of crumpled waxed paper to starch the big ruffles. I’d love to see your gran’s daffodil one. They make me so happy in the spring with their bright yellow trumpets.

    Bells, you make me want to add a doily to my already endless queue. Pretty! and I can’t wait to see it finished.

  7. I’ve never knit a doily, but your post makes me want to knit one. So pretty. Are you going to have to move to a circular needle? It looks like you’re running out of room on your dpn’s!

  8. Norwegian and Danish is a bit alike so egeblad means oak leaves.This is an art form I admire,but in no way think I am able to master.Lovely.It is so sad to see the disaster the flooding is causing Australia and Brasil.

  9. Oh, have fun on your first foray into piecing! Have you selected a pattern yet?

    My grandma had a doily with daffodils crocheted around the border, and she would starch it so that the cups of the daffodils stood up like trumpets. She shaped them over shot glasses. I don’t know what she did to the one with the three inch deep ruffle .

  10. I’ve been watching your progress on Ravelry and lusting after knitting a doily, yours is so beautiful. I think you’re right, best to wait until summer up here–it’ll be a perfect project. Knitting the Hemlock blanket is making me want to do more, but on tiny needles with tiny thread. Go figure.

  11. your doily is beautiful. i’ve always been fascinated by them, and like ailsa always rescue them from op shops. i’ve always wondered if they were originally used on plates under food, as paper doilies were used? have you seen ysolda’s doily display? i really love this idea too, but again, i probably wouldn’t do this with one i (or you) made! http://ysolda.com/2010/05/10/landing/

  12. Your doily looks lovely. I have never tried to make one yet. Paul’s grandmother made me 2 but since she is 90 now she has given up her crafts even though she does miss them.

  13. I gave my mum one once which had been glued to a piece of perspex. Instant, permanent blocking. It hung in her window for ages. I’m now looking at buying a place and you’ve just given me an idea!

  14. Doilies are beautiful and thank you for making me think of them as other than just old lady things! I love crocheting them and love the thinnest cotton. I will pull my hooks out soon I think!

  15. The doily is a beautiful thing and needs no justification. I love them in silk, which I thought yours was until you said cotton. Gorgeous, and will be much treasured.

  16. I saw you had queued it last week. It is so beautiful and I love the colour!! I have some doilies and the like my nan made. They are treasures!!

  17. I have crocheted quite a few doilys (for my mum, mostly) but never knitted one – I really must knit one!

    And I think you are right, they can look great when used as wall art, or on clothes (I’ve seen some great crochet and knitted lace decorating clothing, if used in the right way). Am looking forward to seeing this one finished!

  18. Can we be old ladies together? I just finished crocheting a knee rug in squares.

    I rescue old doilies from opshops and frame them. I find it so incredibly sad that they get thrown away, I am compelled to buy the beautiful ones. Have you seen them at my place?

  19. My thoughts are with your countrymen.
    Doilies are fun. I have a few mounted on rings and hanging in windows. Mine are all crocheted as they were made before the days of the internet and I had no patterns for knitted ones.

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