Saturday, May 31, 2008


Daily doily...
I wish I could make a doily a day... probably could if I didn't, you know, have to tend to my tummy and that of 9 other people and such! I finished my first doily, ever, last night. I think that' it's pretty impressive, seeing as it is my first-ever project! I could never follow a pattern- all those numbers and symbols were just too overwhelming. This graph pattern system makes much more sense to the visually-inclined person that I tend to be! My Mom is coming in a week and a half- along with two of my favorite sisters, so this doily is for Mom, she has a beautiful oval, oak, coffee table. Crocheting has been the perfect mindless distraction that I've been needing during some stressful times here on the prairie. Oh, nothing major, at least it shouldn't be, but I am just... having a difficult time coping.
So imagine me out on my porch- I have an old tumble-down porch off of my bedroom- and there I sit, crocheting with two little cats- Genesis and Exodus- in the seat next to me. Chain six, single crochet. The wind is blowing at a fierce pace- bringing the rain our garden is needing. Chain six, single crochet. Two teen boys are walking into the wind, their brown shoulders braced, they wave to me- I send Jacob out with water bottles- you should have heard the glad "Dude! Thank you!" Chain six, single crochet. The wind blows through the trees and our black Lab, Shadow, joins in on the crochet time. The cats force her off the porch- she's too hyper for their taste. She is happy to lay in the tall grass, tongue lolling. Chain six, single crochet. A call to my Mom. Chain six, single crochet. The little ones bring me a freezie. Strawberry. Chain six, single crochet. My neice stops in for a short visit. We sit on the porch, together. Chain six, single crochet. Jacob is laying in the tall grass with Shadow and John has pulled some catnip- the cats are purring and rolling on the porch- wallering. Chain six, single crochet. Somehow I put one too many rows of that chain six, single crochet combination...imagine that. It was a very sanguine evening. Just the way it should be on the prairie.

11 comments:

dot said...

Very nice. I can't read a graph, I need the written instructions. Funny how we are all different. I have crocheted many a doily in my day but haven't done one in a long time.

Quilt Pixie said...

its beautiful. Do you have a link to this graph instruction system you've spoken of a couple of times -- I too find written knitting and crochet instructions less then ideal....

jovaliquilts said...

Lovely post, perfectly captures why I feel the need for handwork.

Peni said...

Wow! That's one thing your Mama has never done - and it's perfect!Back to the porch...chain 6, once single. Hmmm.... XOXOXOXO

Sarah N. said...

I hope you are giving "Wallering" a good name! Cause I know several Wallers and they are pretty good people! Love you!

Libby said...

Wow - your first project! Way to go. Sounds like your a getting the same rhythmic satisfaction that I get from hand quilting *deelish*

Julia said...

Way to go Nines! It is beautiful! I can't do the graph I have to have the written pattern. Although, I haven't ever been able to do a doily. The small thread is a challenge for me, I like yarn better.
I want to come and join you on you little tumble-down porch. It sounds like a little piece of heaven to me.

Darcie said...

Just look at that masterpiece! My oh my...I'm speechless. You must have been a master crocheter in another life! Exquisite!!!

I *heart* you so!!!

Carol E. said...

That is gorgeous!

Amy a.k.a. dragonryder4 said...

Oh it so pretty, I love to crochet but never could get the hang of thread crochet. It sounds like you had a very wonderful time :)
Hugs,
Amy

Julie said...

What a beautiful piece, Nines. That's definitely NOT just a simple pattern! You sure have a talent for handwork.