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:
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. :)