Monday, February 6, 2012

You Big Doily!

(sorry about the shadow)
While looking through the several hundred (it seems) I have kept over the years that my aunts made (Mom did not crochet) I found these examples of what is truly amazing work. I would never have the patience to complete anything like these:

There are 44 of those clusters in each bunch of grapes.

While they never learned to knit - no one to teach them - they certainly loved to crochet. No one uses these much any more, and I wish I could find a way to display them - perhaps frame them? or make them into pillows? Not sure.
And who doesn't have one of these from the 1970's?
I made this afghan when I was about 17. It's 100% wool, and one day I forgot that and washed it, so it's quite felted. But I've had it all these years - nearly 45. And don't these colors scream 1970?

We spent a lot of time together, my aunts, my mother and I on Saturday nights doing things like this. I was lucky (although I often feel I was raised by a committee). Their hands were always busy, as long as they were able.



  1. Those really are outstanding pieces!

    1. Aren't they? I remember these being on dressers and coffee tables when I was a child.

  2. A really beautiful collection of crochet. The 'grapes' doiley is really quite unusual.
    Your second from bottom pic (with the ten pink flowers' is very similar to one I made and in almost the same colours, lol. I love the Irish crochet leaf in it.
    I have made swans in 3D to go around the edges of some of my doileys. They had to be starched so that their necks stayed upright.
    Love your chevron pattern Retro afghan. That must have taken quite a bit of patience for a 17 year old. I was only making smaller things then because I didn't have much patience at that age, lol.

    1. I would love to see those swans! The piece in the first picture is REALLY starched! I soaked these and it's still very stiff.

  3. What lovely treasures! I have some of my Mom's crocheting, and I love to use them. Your pieces are wonderful examples.
    i had an afghan just like that! It was given to me by a friend, but I think mine was made of nylon. I'll bet the wool makes it very cozy.

    1. I don't know exactly when these were made but very likely before I was born which would make them quite old LOL!~ We made lots of afghans like this, and granny afghans as well. It was our Saturday night activity - we knew how to have fun! ;-)


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