Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Bakers Dozen

I am a member of a new group on Ravelry called Bakers Dozen. It breaks members off into groups of 13 and each month a Member Of the Month gets squares from the other 12 members. I use to do a square swap back on Live Journal, but this seems much better organized.

Any who, our first Member Of the Month gave everyone pretty much free reign on what kind of squares to send her. So I looked at her page for inspiration. I got the impression she liked lace, vintage and she stated she liked vibrant colors. So, off I went:

First I chose the vintage yarn:
Beehive Scotch Fingering, 3ply
Color is Beige

Then the vintage stitch:
Madeira Mesh from A Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara Walker. The description of the stitch says it is a Spanish pattern of great antiquity.

Needles: US 2/ 2.75mm

That got us to here:
A not so 12x12 inch square . . . don't worry, I did gauge swatches before I started.

With a lace pattern that can't be seen very well before blocking.

Obviously beige is not a vibrant color, so we had to remedy that:

Enter Wilson's Icing Dye, some vinegar, water, and a microwave.
I used a 2:1 ration of Kelly Green:Golden Yellow.

First out square to be a nice soak.

In the end, we have this:

A 12x12 inch block which has been blocked overnight.

A lace pattern with a lovely amount of drape.

This picture shows the lace beautifully . . . coincidentally it also makes me think this stitch pattern would make lovely curtains. :)

All in all, loved working with the Beehive Scotch Fingering yarn, I am thinking about making some socks out of some of the rest I have. The lace pattern ended up looking even better than I had thought. It was nice to do some dyeing again. So far I am very glad I joined this group.


  1. Wow! Love the lace - even the name of the stitch delights me - and fascinating that the blah beige became such lively green.

  2. I love the final color, and I've had my eye on the Madeira lace for a while. I also find it funny that you used icing dye for your baker's dozen. =)