Lace Doillies

January 29, 2011

When I was about 6, my Nana began teaching me how to crochet.  I neglected my yarn and crochet hook for a while, but luckily, I picked them up within the last couple years and have found that "wow... this is actually fun!"  But anyways, a few months ago mama mentioned to me that she saw "A BUNCH of yarn for 10 cents a package!  But I never seen you use this kind, so I passed it up." 
Upon further inspection, I found that it was lace yarn.  We went back and bought a few... well actually, quite a few balls and I picked up an old crochet hook that had been in the midst of bobbins and found with delight that I LOVE making doillies!
Then a friend asked me to teach her how to make these old fashioned dainties... I did teach her, along with her 2 younger sisters!  We had fun.  And I was really pleased that they wanted to learn this forgotten skill.
But unfortunately, lace doillie patterns can be VERY hard to understand.  So I was asked to write down the pattern...  Now that it was all written out, why not put it on my blog?  So I did.

Chain 6 and slip st. the first st. to the last st. to make a round

Chain 2 (counts as the first stitch) and 19 dc in the big hole you made out of the chain 6.

Chain 2 (counts as first dc) *dc 1 and then dc 2 in the next hole.* repeat from *-* join your last st. with the slip st.

Repeat the above 3rd paragraph.

Chain 2 (counts as first stitch) *dc and then chain 2 and skip a st and 2 dc in the next hole.* repeat from *-*

Chain 2(counts as first dc) and dc in the big hole chain 2 and 2 dc in the same hole.  *Chain 2 and 2 dc in the big hole, chain 2 and 2 dc in the same hole* repeat from *-*

Repeat the paragraph above.

Chain 2 (counts as first dc) and dc in the big hole ( that you made with the 2 chains between the 2 pairs of dcs) Chain 2 and 2 dc in the same big hole.  Chain 1 and go to the next big hole and 2 dc in it, chain 2 and 2 dc in the same hole.*

Repeat the paragraph above.

Alright, this is the somewhat tricky part.  See those green words above?  Increase the 1 to a 2 and do exactly as you'd do in the above paragraph except add a chain more to the green number.  And repeat the paragraph. 

So every 2 rows, you increase by one the green number, this keeps the doilly from cupping. 

When you reach the desired diameter, then bind off!  But I will suggest putting a sturdy or heavy border abround it like mine.  It seem to help it to lay flat.

Happy crocheting!

Towel Organizers

January 21, 2011

Ok, here's the long awaited pattern for the towels:

~Crochet Hook
~Number two type yarn
~Knitting needle or scizzors

Before you begin...
With a pair of scizzors or knitting needle, poke holes around the edge of the towel about 3/4 inches apart from each other.

Towel Patteren
(The holes you poked will be used as the place to poke your crochet hook through to YO).
Poke your needle through the hole and chain 3 (counts as your first stitch), dc in the same hole chain 3 and 2 dc in the same hole.  *Next, chain 3 and got to the next hole, 2 dc in that hole and chain 3 and 2 dc in the same hole." Repeat from *-*
Go all around the towel until the very last hole is filled.  To end your border, simply chain 3 as usual and slip stitch it onto the first stitch.
That's all!  Wasn't that pretty easy?  I can usually get one down in 30 minutes or less.  Provided I've already poked all my holes on the edge of the towel and I don't have to constantly jump up and run to help a hurt sibling or whatnot! :D


January 19, 2011

It's getting to be that time of year when the seed packets are pulled down and are accounted for.  Then we take all of our gardening books and study them!  And the compost is peered at to see if it's ready for usage. 
Yes, we do live in the city but there has to be SOMEWHERE to plant even a little something.  Our dear friends (who own and lived in our house before) informed us that they had a garden in the backyard and the front yard.  Well, we will too it looks like!
It is exciting to know that we can grow actual food- healthy food at that!  It is of course backbreaking work to till up the soil with the gas powered tillers but, like for everything there is a God given reason:

17. “Cursed is the ground because of you;
   through painful toil you will eat food from it
   all the days of your life.
18  It will produce thorns and thistles for you,
   and you will eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your brow
   you will eat your food
until you return to the ground,
   since from it you were taken;
for dust you are
   and to dust you will return.”

There is something very lovely about watching something grow and then preparing in to the most delicious meal and set it proudly on the table before all to see.  Of course, I've never gotten to experience that sensation very often and I will blame it on our rock garden from when we lived in Tennessee last year!  It was absolutely filled with rocks and the dirt was more like red clay.  We were very new to farming then and yes, composting too did not come out as expected.  This year, we've read more and have learned more.  I think we are even more excited than usual since we know we have better soil and eager and older helpers!

I will in my next post give y'all crocheters the bathroom organizer pattern thingy.  It's been nice but not all our towels have been laced up (yet).

I'd better scat cause' I need to go and work on reading a gardening book and planning where our lettuce and radishes and such will be planted.