21 December 2008 @ 10:41 pm
The end of the Doily of Great Treble!  
Doilygate 2008 has ended. Mostly because I ran out of thread, and it's ecru, so I'd never be able to match the dyelot.

Behold, the Wheat and Grape Doily:

gmadoily 012

There were tons and tons of errors in the pattern. I'm glad I ran out of thread, because I was afraid that I'd find another one that I'd have to puzzle out. The biggest error was that the way it told you to start a new round resulted in there being only 8 spaces on the grape vine part, instead of the 9 that should be there. You can't tell unless you go and count them, thank god. I didn't realize it until after I'd gotten to the clusters for the "grapes", which is near where I stopped.

So, I think it looks pretty good! It's probably going to be about 20 inches across once it's blocked and stretched. It's just lightly pinned out there for me to see how it looked. I'm wondering if I can sneak Grandma's doily stretcher away from her without raising suspicion, but I'm guessing I won't be able to. I'll probably end up blocking it on a pizza box, but I'm a little nervous about that, as the pizza box formerly held pizza. Maybe I can infuse the starch with lavender, just to be safe.

It's a great improvement over last year's doily, that's for sure.
 
 
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[identity profile] valkyr8.livejournal.com on December 22nd, 2008 02:37 pm (UTC)
That is gorgeous!
ext_46111[identity profile] msmcknittington.livejournal.com on December 22nd, 2008 04:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I am v. pleased with it, despite the troubles it gave me.
[identity profile] troubleagain.livejournal.com on December 22nd, 2008 02:49 pm (UTC)
That is absolutely beautiful.
ext_46111[identity profile] msmcknittington.livejournal.com on December 22nd, 2008 04:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
[identity profile] bexi.livejournal.com on December 22nd, 2008 03:26 pm (UTC)
BEAUTIFUL!
ext_46111[identity profile] msmcknittington.livejournal.com on December 22nd, 2008 05:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I love that you love vintage textiles, Becki. :D
[identity profile] bexi.livejournal.com on December 22nd, 2008 06:24 pm (UTC)
I am allll about them. You should see my apartment. ;)

I also just discovered free vintage knitting patterns online. Woohoo! They are much more recent than Victorian, era, though. More like 1950s.

Some of my favorites:
http://www.freevintageknitting.com/women/colmin735-21.html

http://www.freevintageknitting.com/women/colmin735-6.html

http://www.freevintageknitting.com/women/colmin735-4.html

Only...I don't want the pointy boobs.
ext_46111[identity profile] msmcknittington.livejournal.com on December 22nd, 2008 07:23 pm (UTC)
Oh! I just bought a super-awesome knitting booklet from the early '60s with some cute things in it. And I have a neat booklet from the 1930s. I should figure out how to share it on the internet, because I believe they're all shareable.

Those all look early '60s to me!

ETA: This is the booklet that I just bought. I really want to make that black dress with the lacy top in the third picture. It's cute, without being costume-y, if you know what I mean.

Edited 2008-12-22 07:28 pm (UTC)