I have, for many years, mused and debated and considered joining (re-joining? Joining. One brief flirtation 20 yrs ago doesn’t count) the SCA. (Society for Creative Anachronism, a medieval reenactment group). I’ve always tended towards that sort of time frame for my preference in dress up, and having a bit of focus towards my flailing and distractible attention is a feature. (Not that approx 1000 yrs of history is all that much focus, but at least it knocks off the last 400 yrs, which is a start.)
As much as this is generally a knitting blog, I’m actually very handwork ADD, and dabble in basically anything once, twice if I like it. I do seem to end up back with sticks and string every time, but I’ll still try anything.
Over the weekend, I went to my first SCA event, and I done good in picking it. Kingdom A&S competition. (Kingdom = province wide, A&S = Arts and Sciences.. everything that’s not fighting) So people from all over the Kingdom bringing their A game to show off to everyone. Hot /damn/ there are a lot of stunningly talented people. Even better, like handworkers everywhere, if you cornered them and asked them to tell you all about it, they were generally delighted to share their insights and enthusiasm with people who were gawking. (Much like asking a gamer ‘tell me about your character’, really. Geeks are geeks, be it illumination or Pathfinder.)
I came away wanting to do everything. Lace! Embroidery! Wire! Spinning! Research! Costuming! This is in rather direct contrast with the 2014 promise to myself that I’d finish things that have been hanging about forever. I should institute a one done gets to start something new plan. Fortunately some are non-portable, which makes it easier to know which ones come along in my backpack.
Going to work today is a distinct challenge, I’d rather stay home with my sticks and string, dammit!
I finally took the plunge and dug out my bobbin lace pillow. I’ve own the supplies for this flavour of lace for ages and ages, and apparently to judge by the scraps of practice work in the little box of bobbins this is my 3rd go at it. (My memory said second, but my memory also didn’t remember half the bobbins I own, my memory clearly sucks.)
It’s novel to settle in to a technique where using up some of my size 30 cotton is the same as handing a beginning knitter a ball of chunky and 6mm needles. Then again, its starting to feel that way with knitting as well, but I’ve so damn much of it, I feel as if I really should keep knitting doilies out of the good old size 30 that is legion around here. (And size 10, size 20, size 40.. perhaps there’s just a lot of crochet cotton in this house).
Lo and behold, welcome to the bobbin lace equivalent of a garter stitch scarf, complete with knots, bad tension and mismatched threads. (Damn bobbins are pretty though, and you never seem to have enough. That’s a dangerous combo for the wallet.)
I love me some doilies. I love me many doilies. I love working them, I love admiring them when they’re done. I hate blocking them, and once they’re done they usually sit in a plastic bin, unblocked, but I adore doing them.
I’ve decided to just embrace this, and embrace one of my favourite places to find doily patterns, and challenge myself over the next while to knit all of the patterns from a particular site. Yarn Over has translations of a specific Danish site, and I’ve knit a healthy chunk of them already. I’m aiming to finish off the ones I haven’t yet done over the course of this year (possibly and next.. who knows!)
I’m operating on a ‘pics or it doesn’t count’ method here, which I think only is relevant for some of the little ones, which honestly are no big deal to knit again if I can’t find a photo.
Doilies from Kunststrik.dk:
Alita – not done
Egeblad – Jan 2006
Fanodugen – Dec 2009
Flacon – Can’t find pictures, I’ll just do it again.
Lille Rund Serviet – I know I’ve knit this one, but I can’t find a photo.
Mommes Lysedug – Oct 2010 But I can’t find a finished picture of it.
Pafuglehale – Not done. I dont even much care for it, but perhaps in a good colour it won’t be so bad.
Spiralen – I’ve knit the hell out of this more times than I can count.
Stor Lysedug – In progress.
Stor Rund Dug – Sept 2005
Syvstjernen – Not done yet.
Three and a half big doilies in the queue, and two little ones. Not half bad! Damn I have a lot of doilies. 🙂