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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Yarn Along 2/20/13 Spoon Pin Doily

It's snowing here and I know some of you are tired of snow but here we will take the moisture any way we can get it. Plus it just gives me a reason to stay in and work on some of my projects.

In this picture I'm not sure if you can make it out but in the background there are some wild turkeys that hang around the house sometime, just chilling

This project I'm working on is Spool Pin Doilies. 
I had never heard of them before until Bonnie Hunter had mentioned it on her blog. She a had a viewer send her one for her sewing machine along with a pattern. I did not like the pattern but loved the idea so I decided to make up my own version.

I wanted a more simple, smaller and fuller doily.

So I tried different thread sizes to get one that I like.
(From left to right)
I tried sock yarn, which I'll redo because I think I like that look.
Heavy weight crochet thread, nope too big
Bamboo yarn, I like it. Looks good on my Kenmore.
Pearl cotton 8, like a lot, especially the one done dc and not tc.

 You can see the difference between doing a double compared to a triple crochet stitch

Looking good.

The main reason why I like it to be on the smaller size is having it fit in the area without interfering with the bobbin winder. (see above photo) But if you are using an older machine where the winder is on the side or bottom of your machine, the larger size would work just fine

Don't you think!

Here is the pattern I made up;
I do ask if you re-post or copy my pattern please give me credit for my design

Using the yarn of your choice and an appropriate sized hook,
(I used a size 6 hook)
Make ch 7 and join into a ring with a sl st.
Round 1: 3 ch (counts as 1st dc), 15 dc into ring. Join with a sl st into 1st dc. (16 sts)
Round 2: 4 ch (counts as 1st dc and 1 ch), 1 dc, 1 ch into each st to end. Join with a sl st into 1st dc. (16 spaces)
Round 3: sl st into next sp, 3 ch (counts as 1st dc), 2 dc in same sp, 3 ch, (3 dc into next sp, 3 ch) to end.
Join with a sl st into 1st dc.
Fasten off and neaten all loose ends

And for what I am reading/listening to is an another Kate Morton book. I started listening to this on the way to and back from our road trip to the McAllen Texas Quilt Show.

The Shifting Fog | [Kate Morton]

Here is what Audible.com writes about the book;

Publisher's Summary

Summer 1924: On the eve of a glittering society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again.
Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, one-time housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet's suicide. Ghosts awaken and memories, long consigned to the dark reaches of Grace's mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks. A shocking secret threatens to emerge; something history has forgotten but Grace never could.
Set as the war-shattered Edwardian summer surrenders to the decadent 20s, The Shifting Fog is a thrilling mystery and a compelling love story.
An alternate title for this novel is The House at Riverton.
©2006 Kate Morton (P)2006 Kate Morton

We enjoyed the book but we're not able to finish it, so today while sewing I will listen to the last of it.
Have a great day.


  1. Hi Kat, what a nice idea!
    I can do that for my Elna Lotus.
    Cheers Marle

  2. I have never heard of those doilies. Thank you for sharing that.

  3. I first heard of the spool pin doily on Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting blog and thought they were so darn cute. I made up my own pattern and made several as little gifts. I asked them to guess what they were and no one was able to come up with the right answer....it was fun!!!

  4. Thanks for sharing this little project.

  5. Are the spool pin doilies functional as well as pretty?

  6. Such a neat little project! These could be used for so many things..thanks for sharing at Hookin On Hump Day!

  7. Adorable! I have a victorian themed sewing room, with doilies, cute idea. Thank you!


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