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Drive by picture of my latest doily. I forgot that I really don't like working with black thread. This turned out great but required many lights to be one while working on it :)

Doily #23
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It's kind of funny. There are a fair number of people who witnessed me working on this bear. At Dragoncon 2009. At an out-of-the-way truckstop late last year. At long last, I've finished a bear I've had in the works on almost a year now. And, as is my custom, here he is :)


Mother Bear project bear #3

I really need to brush up on my embroidery skills. However, I think I saved it by giving this little guy a moustache, LOL. It turned out pretty cute considering I made him in the most labor intensive way possible. Everyone is trying to find ways to knit and crochet these bears in the round, which is noble. I love how this turned out crocheted flat and seamed (the bear is made all in one piece, it folds at the top of the head). The one bear I started knitting in the round turned out tiny. The one I knit flat and seamed was really really tall and skinny. The one I crocheted in the round I wasn't fond of how I did it. This way seems just right.

Now to start making his sibling because I want to work out the whole skirt thing.


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My original intention was to make a daily update on how the work on my Ravelympics projects was going. Yeah. Good thing I didn't tell anyone I was going to do that, huh?

My final tally is that I broke even. One doily finished. Afghan not finished and still in its current UFO status. I'm not entirely upset. I forgot how long it can take to do a picot edging on an approximately 22" diameter doily.

I give you all the cluster stitch doily!

Cluster Stitch doily done
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Everyone looks at me like I'm mad when I tell them I love making doilies. Their first thought is more "grandma stuff" than it normally would be if I just tell them that I crochet (or knit). Right now, I think of it in terms of economics. Relatively cheap thread + time-consuming lace = lots of crafting bang for not a lot of money. Which is important when you are trying to economize in as many ways as you can.

Next up, actual cooking. I never really learned how to. That's another thing that got me weird looks. I was very happy when I learned how to make hard-boiled eggs a la Martha. Yeah, it really is that bad. I think I'm going to start with stews and baked dishes. Maybe stuff with beans. Anything is better than the scary amount of sodium in the prepackaged crap I've been living off of.

Now, for the long-awaited doilies :)

Pinwheel Doily

Pinwheel doily


I love making pinwheels, especially good ones like this that give a sense of swirl and curved edges. Not all of them do. I think it's part of the charm of working a vintage pattern.

Peggy's Sunshine Garden

Peggy's Sunsine Garden doily

I didn't really have a picture of get my bearings reading this pattern, but it still turned out well. I've got a bunch more patterns from this designer, so there will be more in the future.

Winter's First Snow

Winter's First Snow doily

This is another one from the previous designer. I hate when they ruffle up like potato chips, but considering how much the of the ruffle I was able to pull out with my bare hands and no blocking, it should be good. I am a bit surprised I like this one as much as I do considering how dense it is. It looks good though and it was fun to work.

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