Doilies in Glenlyon

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I have just come back from my weekend in Daylesford, which was a great success. I also managed to catch up with an old friend, Magali, who runs an art gallery called Stockroom in Kyneton.  We had dinner with her family in her country farm in Glenlyon, which is not far from Daylesford.

She was the one I was making the red doily for (see previous article). I ended up making a second one, as I got into the swing of it and because it’s much nicer to share with someone else. She was really pleased with them and immediately put them on her dining table to use as coasters. She also told me how she would like to learn how to crochet. So, this could start another crochet addiction! I have recently taught my niece how to make granny squares and she is also hooked and bursting with her own ideas for various projects. So, I think it’s going to be hard for me to stop this wave of crochet love!

I used a 2 mm crochet for this and a pattern from Le Monde de Sucrette. So, let me know what you think.

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My first doily!

My first doily by Queenandfox
My first doily, a photo by Queenandfox on Flickr.

Here’s a little something I’ve been working on lately. I’m going to visit a friend in Daylesford (lovely town located northwest of Melbourne) in a couple of weeks. And since I have not seen her for a while, I thought I’d better not arrive empty-handed. So, I decided I would make her something with my little hands, something to remember me by. I’m only halfway through, but I’m enjoying it so far. I’ve never tried making a doily before and I think it will become addictive.

My grandmother, Yvonne, used to make so many of them, but her work was much finer of course. Her doilies were usually made with a beautiful lacy edging and she would make intricate embroidered flowers in the middle. I wish I had been more interested when I was young. Unfortunately, my grandma passed away a few years ago, but luckily she did pass on some of her skills to Mum, which is a great comfort.

So, it’s kind of nice to be making something my grandma would have approved of, even though I am using a different technique. I have used a yarn that’s half acrylic and half cotton called Gelato (couldn’t resist the ice-cream reference) and a 2 mm crochet hook. I have also got a dark blue, almost navy and a light brown, almost cream, which I will use for the edging. I might even make a second one and mix colours a bit.

If you are interested, I’ve followed a fantastic pattern which I found in Le Monde de Sucrette again. As you can see, if you keep going making squares, you could make a table-runner out of them. She’s so clever and her drawings are really user-friendly, an absolute life-saver!

Let me know if you have a go at making this one. Enjoy!