When we show our respect for the other living things, they respond with respect for us.----Arapaho Proverb

Monday, February 28, 2011


The promise of Spring is definitely in the air.  The birds are eagerly tuning up for the upcoming  mating season and luscious colors have begun peaking out from under all the snow cover.  And boy are my Winter starved eyes soaking it all up!!  Oh, I don't believe for a moment that Winter is completely done with us this early in the ball game.  At the very least we will have our grand finale and who knows how many curtain calls before Old Man Winter finally heads back north chuckling to himself delightedly!!  But I am definitely enjoying this respite!

 I suppose it IS cheating just a bit;  but I did hang my sunburst doily suncatcher in the kitchen window (facing West), surrounded by hearts to let the Sun know how much I am looking  forward to the return of extra daylight hours and the warmer months ahead.

As the season continues to wind down ever so slowly, I too have begun to turn away from the monotony of the pure white cotton thread of all things snowy, and find myself thinking in color once more, searching through  mounds of crochet patterns for those that speak most to me of Spring days!

And so I figured this might be a good opportunity to share the very last of THIS seasons projects with you.

This doily is called Winter's First Snow, always a very special day, when it feels to me like the official kick-off to the entire season, with all its infinite possibilities looming ahead. I'm considering making this one into a suncatcher for next year, to hang in the window to welcome that first snowfall.

Interestingly, as I was leaving the house just the other day, I came across some lovely patches of ice in the driveway.  One of them looked just like an ice doily to me. The wind was positively wicked that morning, and Old Man Winter tried his best to discourage me from my task, what with blowing me around in every which direction, but I was still able to get this shot before I had to run for cover.  Sure would love to have THIS pattern!!!!  Is that a pink flower in the middle?

Winter's Breath Doily is the perfect name for this little beauty!  If one could capture that exhale puff of frosty breath I am certain it would look very much like this!

I call these two the twins, although they do claim that no two snowflakes look exactly alike. Well, I'm sure there must be a mistake in one of them somewhere, so hopefully I haven't gone against the laws of Nature!!  This pattern is formally known as the Cut-Glass Snowflake Doily, and they have both graced my dresser with their icy presence.

Now it so happens that one day last Winter, while riding alongside the river, I just happened to notice all of these round icy doily shapes floating down stream.  They came in every size imaginable and even looked a little like fine  lace! Alas I couldn't find the perfect location to take this shot, so it may be difficult for you to see them as I did, but it does give you a slight hint anyway.  I've named this picture 'Doilies in the Delaware'.

 Called the Mini Snowflake Doily (and jar cover), this little beauty is so delicate.  And  I love that little snowflake in the center!

But I think it really shines as a suncatcher!!

The name Shell Suncatcher Doily doesn't do this one justice!  I think all those curlicues in the center are sooo interesting!  This was my first attempt at making them.

But I needed just one more doily pattern to go out in a really 'big' way for my grand finale of Winter and found this Lacy Accent Doily pattern. 

Just to put things in the proper perspective for you, it is spread out as a topper on my king size bed.  Yep, it's definitely a 'big' one!

So, you might ask, is that ALL she does is doilies?  No, I did pick up some yarn and make.........

TA DA!!!  A snowflake scarf!  My only regret is finding this delightful pattern so very late in the season.  It's gonna kill me to put it away until next year so soon!  But I suppose it wouldn't go with a swimsuit!?!

And once again I have saved my very best for last.  I followed a pattern for the hat, but the scarf is all my own creation.  And if I never see another piece of fringe in this lifetime, it will be just fine with me!!!

Well that officially concludes my Winter goodies.  I hope you enjoyed seeing them, and that you will visit me again soon.  I've got sooo many ideas for the Spring!!!!

By the way, please continue to leave your comments, they mean the world to me.  I just haven't quite figured out how to reply to them yet!!  And thank you all for saying such beautiful things about my blog!

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