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!

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An owl moment

Owl moment by Queenandfox

…is what my daughter, Lana, was having yesterday. It’s school holidays here in Melbourne, so she is getting her little fingers busy with different crafty projects. She has a few on the go, just like me – telle mère, telle fille!

Anyway, yesterday afternoon, I turned around and here she was handing me over this gorgeous little cross-stitched owl. She did this all by herself and given that last time she had any cross-stitching instructions was back in January, when my Mum was with us, I WAS very impressed. It puts a smile on my face when I see my little girl, following in the footsteps of her grandma. So, we put a nice light-brown piece of yarn through the top and she now wears it as a necklace.

If you are interested, you can pick up these wooden frames in any Spotlight stores in Australia. They are made by Make it. And I reckon they make a lovely birthday gift, don’t you think?

How to crochet the perfect poncho

Poncho-project by Queenandfox
Poncho-project, a photo by Queenandfox on Flickr.

This is a little project which I have started a few weeks ago. My little girl is hanging out to wear this deliciously comfy and colourful poncho. I have decided to use a multicoloured type of yarn, so I don’t even have to change colours for each row. Wasn’t that cunning of me? It’s not that I’m lazy, but what the hell, a little bit of time-saving doesn’t hurt, does it? Plus, I just fell in love with this wool.

This pattern is really super easy to follow and was passed on to me by my lovely crochet buddy, Jacinta. All tyou have to do is create a chain, then slip-stitch it. This creates your head opening. Then, you carry on with your pattern of trebbles (or double-crochet), until you reach the desired length. You can make a nice little edging at the end to finish it off. Or, if you are into fringes like my daughter is (she’s a bit of a Pocahontas afficionada), the go for it!

You’ll find all the instructions and a super handy pattern chart on this article by Le Monde de Sucrette. Very worth browsing through her other articles too. And in case you ‘re wondering, I have used a Cleckheaton California yarn (colour Storm) – 100% wool.

Hope you too have a lovely time making this. I’d love you to send me pictures of some of your creations. Ariba, ariba!