Lilla Shawl


Simple but beautiful and memorable, this stockinette shawl is from, where you can download the pattern. The model is made using 300 yards of Berroco Vintage, and size 9 (US) needles. There’s also a video explaining how to work the lovely lace edging at along the bottom. The yarn comes in many other pretty colors if you’re not partial to the ice blue.


Fiber Folklore: The Little Spinner and the Spider

This delightful folktale from the Shetland Islands was posted a few years back on Retold by Daryl Brower and illustrated by Eloise Narrigan, it tells how the tradition of knitting Shetland lace began. This enchanting tale can be read and enjoyed here.

Espenson Drapey Tunic

Linen has become a new favorite of mine, since last year when I knitted  Espenson, shown here, and liked it so much that I made another in a different colorway. The yarn is Berroco’s Linsey, a linen/cotton mix, which knits up with great body and drapiness and comes in yummy solids and color blends. My first version looks exactly like the photo, an outcome that always makes me happy, but is never a sure thing!

Pattern available here


Crocheted Gift Embellishment

What a lovely idea! Sort of a new take on using doilies as jar covers. The snowflake look is perfect for Christmas gift bags. Lots of free doily patterns here.


Vintage Lace Gloves


Roll over link to see photo. These instructions are in jpg form. When you get to the link, click again on the image of the instructions to enlarge.



Irish Filigree Crochet Pattern

This stunning piece of work is so beautiful, I just had to post it. I don’t usually make or wear crocheted “jewelry”. Irish filigree is a very old technique, but it’s new for me, and I’ll probably try out this pattern as a challenge. From Crochet! Magazine E-newsletter.

updated 10/1/12


18th Century Documentation for Knitted Mitts

1765 Notice from Royal Society of Arts

From Museum Rusticum Et Commerciale: Or, Select Papers on Agriculture, Commerce, Arts, and Manufactures, by the Royal Society of Arts, 1765, page 393:

Premiums offered by the Society for Encouraging and Improving Manufactures

1. Knitting Thread Lace For the greatest quantity of Thread Lace, not less than six yards in length, nor less than two inches and a half in width, knit with needles, and made by one person ; the goodness, clearness, and fineness of the work, and beauty of the pattern, to determine the preference; Thirty Guineas, The above thirty guineas to be divided according to the merit of the candidates ; to be produced on or before the first Tuesday in January, 1766.

1. KNITTING MITTS. For the greatest quantity of Mitts made of thread, in imitation of lace, and made with knitting-needles, fit for womens wear ; not less than one dozen pair; each pair to be not less than fourteen inches in length, made by one person ; the goodness, clearness, and fineness of the work, and beauty of the pattern, to determine the preference; Twenty Guineas. The whole sum to be divided in proportion to the merit; to be produced on or before the first Tuefday in January, 1766. N. B. The persons who gain any of the above premiums to leave one yard of the lace, and one pair of mitts, as, the property of the Society.

Article courtesy of alwen at Ravelry.