Friday, May 16, 2008

What? This doesn't look like a quilt shop?

There's a perfectly good explanation for that. Well, I did go to a quilt shop and it was packed full of lovely fabrics, but I am having to get to work on a secret project so... no "show and tell" on that score. Sandy and I did get a little quilty-type stuff done... I showed her how to make crumb blocks- she loved that! I cut out ten more blocks for my feed sack quilt- which Sandy sweetly provided. We looked at some fabrics and patterns... and then I noticed all these doilies lying around.

She had a washer full of them! I lamented that I would never be able to do such a thing as crochet anything with a pattern, because I can't make sense of the patterns! At which point, she dragged out an old magazine and showed me these English charts for crocheting doilies. Have you seen these? It's like following a detailed picture. Very cool and even I seem to be able to do it. Well, then she grabbed a roll of string and a tiny hook and showed me how to make these adorable coasters. I think my sister needs a set of them- the white is right up her alley! I had a blast making it- didn't take very long at all! The hardest part was learning to hold the thread and the hook like someone else, but I was determined- I don't think I ever learned the correct way of doing that, and since she is such a fast crocheter... I felt it was worth the effort to do it her way. A better teacher I've never had- you know how some people can't describe what they do? She didn't have that problem and she really didn't make me feel like a total clutz with that itty bitty hook- which I was, but she was sweet to not say so! I made a good start at her house, but once I got home and scrounged up my applique glasses- things slipped into place so much easier- amazing what being able to see that tiny little hook can do for ya! And after I get done with the coasters, I'm going to try my hand at a bigger doily. Dh's mother has boxes of really cool variegated threads, which she doesn't use anymore. Now if I can only find them in that storage bin of a house! Am I going to give up quilting for crocheting doilies? Nah, but it is a lot of fun and it will be nice to have something to tote along in my purse. But now I think I need a bigger purse...




It's also the time of year that the green houses open their doors and show off what they have been working on since Xmas! I love walking through them! The smell and all that sweet oxygen they give off! This market had three large ones and I found this tiny white flower that had to come home with me! I can resist anything but a tiny white flower.

5 comments:

Darcie said...

Blogger again is being poopy. This is a test. This is ONLY a test.

Darcie said...

Mmm-k. I'll try again.

That itty bitty coaster is uber precious! You MUST bring a ball of thread and your hook and show me how to do these! Oh, so fun! What size hook will I need?

I love that you had such a good *you* day, Nines!

Julia said...

Great job! My mother was a master crocheter, (she can't see well enough to do it anymore). She made some of the most gorgeous doilies. I have a few of them displayed in my house. I need to pull out some of her old stuff and give it a try. The glasses do help, don't they. hehe

Isobel said...

OK, what is wrong with this site. My long and witty comment disappeared into cyberspace and I can't remember just what I said. Love your itty-bitty needlework.

Peni said...

Well, at least it's not just me...things are disappearing in thin air around my cyberstaion....does that mean THEY have us connected to papa's spyware?

Love the coasters - and yes it would be a good tag-along if you can find room for it.

I'm through playing with crumbs...and mine might have been more creative if I'd allowed a few more distractions.

Now about those rolls.....
XOXOXOXOXOXOX mama