A while ago I decided I’d knit a doily for my mum’s 60th birthday. Her birthday is still a month away. A few weeks ago I started a doily for her birthday and then got it into my head that I’d finish it ahead of time because she was visiting and it would be nice to give it to her as an early gift.
My fingers are still crying out from the effort it took to make that happen. Sometimes, you get a knitting idea into your head and your fingers simply have to comply. Oh boy. Two weeks and I was done. Tonight, I gave the doily to my mum while she was in town overnight and I was SO glad I put in the effort.
It’s amazing how a piece of knitted lace goes from this – a lumpy piece of crumpled fabric:
I was trying to explain to someone at work today the magic of pre and post blocking of lace knitting and I think really the only way to explain it is with a visual demonstration. Even I, who have blocked a piece of lace or two in my time, am amazed at how lovely and huge this turned out. I imagined dinner plate size. It was so much more. Dinner plate and then some!
I was excited to give it to my mum. I thought she’d love it but her response was even beyond what I hoped. Even my dad, who usually just smiles and says ‘that’s cute’ was drawn in. That’s a winner.
The pattern is called Egeblad which is Danish for Oak Leaves. I love how once it’s blocked you can see the oak leaves.
I don’t even remember why I chose it but I liked the look of it and for two weeks I worked solidly to get it done. I even worked on it on the bus and it came out just so lovely.
I used Twilleys Cotton 20, which I think was given to me by RoseRed a long time ago, a donation from her own sizeable stash of crochet cotton.
In the end this doily took me two weeks and it was a fast, furious labor of love and it won’t be my last. You get a total lace high over a short term. You can’t beat that really. It wasn’t hard. There were a few rows that really demanded attention but they were minimal and the thing was over before I knew it.
I absolutely recommend a doily for great gratification and a wonderful sense of achievement!
I think my mum really loved it. She held it like the treasured thing I hoped it would be become. You can’t ask for more than that. Go ahead and make it. I urge you. It’s worth it. You’ll find details on my Ravelry page.