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Dilly-dally Doilies

Over the last few months I have been on a mission inspired by the Motorbike Doily I made last year for my brother Thue. I do not crochet doilies, I do not use doilies but I love the time-consuming work that the fine cotton thread offers and the fine delicate work one can churn out, so I set to work on some more for my other siblings.

First I made an Oil Rig & Supply Ship Doily – it was done in the same technique as the Motorbike Doily, in fine thread (80 on a 0.6 mm hook). I wanted to make this for my oil rig brother Jens and even managed to create a few waves for him on it around the supply ship. I loved making it, and I dug out my great granny’s sampler book for the edgings and was quite true to her handicraft from the 1890s as I copied her pretty edge ideas! There is a wonderful connected-ness to my way back crochet background when I look in that book.

This is the result of my hooked labour – how I enjoyed myself! Who said I don’t do doilies? With a twist…

Crochet Oil Rig and Supply Ship By Irene LundgaardCrochet Oil Rig & Supply Ship Doily © Irene Lundgaard 2014

The next person on my list was my sister Tina and I also wanted to make her something meaningful.  She lives in London and has a deep love for the obsolete Routemaster buses that used to bring the masses around in the streets of London. Fortunately, some of these old buses are still in operation, one such bus is the number 9 heritage bus that goes to Trafalgar, to me and to my sister, it doesn’t get any more London than that, so my choice of image was quickly decided. I had run out of the very fine thread so I upped the thread to a 40 on a 1.0 mm hook. Yet again, I tipped my crochet toes into my great granny’s sampler book for the edging but this time around I elaborated on her originals and some of the ideas I came up with might just work as nice edges on some simple crochet woollen winter shawls. Only time will tell and perhaps my stash, my hook and my imagination – we’ll see!

Anyway, this is the Routemaster bus doily I crochet. What fun I had!

Crochet London Routemaster Doily by Irene LundgaardCrochet Routemaster Doily © Irene Lundgaard 2014

Finally my brother Leif was on the receiving end of a doily. He and I both share the love of picking fossils on the shore. We all grew up on a rather unique island called Fur in Denmark which is riddled with the most fascinating fossils and geology of interesting Diatomite Cliffs (moclay). When he and I walk on the beach we see nothing of the view as we have our noses stuck into the gravel under foot and prize out the treasures fossilized sea urchins, octopuses, oysters, wood – whatever fossil we can find from at least 50 million years ago.

I made Leif a fossilized sea urchin with a lighthouse in the background to set the maritime scene. I elaborated even further on the edges from the Routemaster doily and there is no doubt in my mind that some of these will indeed turn into some edging on simple crochet shawls for the winter.

This is the Fossil & Lighthouse doily – I’m glad ancient fossils are never strictly symmetric! Giggle!

Lighthouse and Fossil Doily by Irene LundgaardCrochet Fossil & Lighthouse Doily © Irene Lundgaard 2014

I have a few more ideas like these up the sleeve, as a matter of fact, I have already stared two so there is no dilly-dally here, only doilies!


A Developing Woman

The journey a hook and a ball of yarn can bring a woman on is mind-boggling. I am on such a journey at the moment. It started with the fact that March is International Crochet Month and I promised myself that I would have a dedicated piece of crochet to work on throughout the month. I started a piece of free-form sculptural crochet on International Women’s Day – a significant date in women’s lives…

It was my intention to make a Sheela Na Gig. I have always been fascinated by Sheela Na Gigs and often wonder why they are depicted as something almost aggressive. I had never understood that aggression until I started to look into their origin. Some say it may be the war-goddess depicted but others say it’s a symbol of fertility in which case I very much regret what seems to be the built in aggression. Fertility to me is round and soft, juicy and delicious.

Shella Na Gig turned Venus Figurine by Irene Lundgaard 8 March 2012Developing Woman © Irene Lundgaard 2012

I set to work with my yarn and 3 mm hook and started from the top of the head and then Sheela took on a life of her own. She developed very large breasts, something that is very rarely seen on a Sheela Na Gig as she seems to warn against lust. I soon realized that my hands were turning her into something completely different, and as I went along, this piece refused to be aggressive. It wanted to be round and voluptuous – fertile… Very female. Sheela seems to have morphed into what can best be described as a Venus figurine.

Historically there are many thousands of years between these two female depictions. Women have developed much in all those years and my depiction of the female seems to want to develop further as this one tells me she is not yet complete. Earlier today she demanded hair – neither ever seen on a Sheela Na Gig nor a Venus figurine, to my knowledge and I am sure there will be further developments…

Wikipedia has this to say about the Sheela Na Gig.
Wilipedia has this to say about Venus figurines.