Hooked on crochet

J. & P. Coats "Knit-cro-sheen" 250 yds

I suppose it was inevitable. Especially with how taken I’ve been with crochet lately. And I blame a project I’ve been working on at Effiloché, but this week I’ve been really taken with this crochet doily I’ve been working on.

Considering how much I love working on knitted lace, this really should be no surprise. But making doilies isn’t really something I’ve ever explored much, or even thought of making.

The white doily, made with fine crochet cotton & tiny hook on the top of a well polished antique table is the pinnacle of grandmotherliness for me. It’s exactly the sort of thing you’d find at my great-grandmother’s apartment, along with the porcelain figurines and complete set of collectible porcelain teacups, all inside an antique glass case in the dining room.

Doily time

The associations I have with doilies is probably the sort of association most people have with granny square blankets, maybe. For the record, great-grandma preferred rippled crocheted afghans to granny squares, and if something were made from scraps, you’d never know it. Her version of “home made” projects were properly tailored, double-breasted peacoats & matching over-trousers for all the children, grand children & great-grand children which, I’m told, were sometimes made from old overcoats.

What was I talking about? Doilies. Right. So I’ve seen my share of aged, once white doilies in my time that it’s not something I would consider having on my dresser or sideboard (I’m not big on porcelain figures or china teacups either). I think mostly because I’m not a big knick-knack kind of person, although I’m sure part of it is the association with old stuff (though usually I’m quite the fan of old things). I guess doilies get a bad rap, and now that I’ve been working on one, I’m not sure why. Hooking this doily has been satisfying the same part of me that lace knitting usually does.

And I often joke that I’m a cranky old lady anyways.

My Brindle Pony

Yesterday while I was at work, I decided to crochet a pony. This isn’t such a crazy whim to follow through on since I’m currently working at a yarn & fabric store here in Montreal and Sunday afternoons aren’t so busy.

I had just finished making some crocheted flowers for the shop and had an appetite for more crochet.

Work #selfie from yesterday. Crocheted flower hat & corsage.

I’ve been curious about amigurumi for a while, but somehow I have never tried it. After cruising some patterns on Ravelry, I found this pony pattern, grabbed a 3 mm hook and some random oatmeal fingering weight wool and got to work.

Amigurumi workshop

When I got home last night, I grabbed some left over aqua blue Fleece Artist I had from knitting a shawl for my mom a while ago.

Brindle Pony

Today, I continued working on the pony while hanging out on my front balcony, sewing each piece on after I was done crocheting it. I just finished it up this afternoon.

Brindle Pony

The only thing I found a bit strange was that each piece is made separately, and then sewn together. My understanding of crocheted toys was that each piece could be picked up and worked off the next? Maybe that’s just wishful thinking.

Brindle Pony

Pattern: Pony by Stephanie Jessica Lau
Materials: Mystery Oatmeal Fingering, Fleece Artist Merino 2/6 in Aqua
Start Date: June 15, 2014
End Date: June 16, 2014

Quite a quick little project.