Happy Holidays!

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Scrat from Ice Age has his acorn, so he is as happy as a squirrel can be. And I’d like to wish such true happiness to all the visitors to my little blog. It’s wonderful to have you here.

For me, this year it’s only me, my boyfriend and the cats. I miss my family, and I’d like to be with them now, but in a way I am. Polish Christmas is magic – and I mean it literally. All the traditions of this time have roots hundreds of years ago in the pagan past, in the folk beliefs in magic, demons and contact with the spirits of our ancestors. Even the meals are symbols, based on specific ingredients and different from anything else we eat during the year. Not to mention beliefs like the one that says all the house and farm animals can speak today at midnight 😉

Since I am not a follower of any religion, to me this time is about that: connection with those who were before me. There is something so comforting about this continuity and the fact that we still do something that they used to do years ago.

So whatever you celebrate, I wish you a happy, peaceful and unforgettable time… and perhaps many new wonderful crafting projects 😉

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Doilies and more

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After dealing with all the gift making, I decided to have a go at crocheting a doily. I wasn’t sure if it was a good idea, since I’d tried crocheting with lace yarn before and I hadn’t enjoyed it. But I know why now: wrong hook (not sturdy enough, feeling a little flexible in my fingers) and wrong yarn (mohair lace – not good for beginners!).

I chose the pattern which seemed rather simple, yet lovely: Penelope doily by Grace Faeron. I used 1,25 mm crochet hook – a good, solid one this time, which made crocheting really easy and pleasant – and crochet thread no 10. The thread is gray, for two reasons: I didn’t want the typical  traditional white doily, and I wanted it to suit my kitchen table, which is made of glass and steel. The only worry I had with this colour was that it might look dirty – you know, like white things look sometimes after many years in use. But in the end I don’t think it does, and I’m happy with my choice. Crocheting it was fast and enjoyable, the pattern is very well explained, the thread is smooth and sturdy. I ordered the blocking mat on ebay, but since it’s still not delivered, I blocked the doily on the bed instead to open up the lace – and I like the result!

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