Is it a Mandala or a Doily?


I never have quite worked out what to call these … is it a mandala, or is it a doily? Apparently, a mandala is a “square within a circle” and a doily is a “decorative mat”. Well, there’s no square within the circle, but it still seems to be the common term.

I was reading Wink’s gorgeous blog the other day, which inspired me to make something a bit more multi-coloured. Whilst this isn’t an exact pattern from Wink, I did read about the way she finishes off each row and sews in the end, before starting the new row in a different spot. Normally, I’m too lazy for such things, but honestly, I think the effect is worth it ~ much neater.

This Doilandala (yes, we’re going with that) is primarily Rowan Cotton Glace, with a small amount of Koigu.


Mandala_2smlDoilandala was gifted to a lovely lady as a small birthday something.

Mandala_9smlI rather like the colour combination.

Mandala_19smlMoo is not amused that Doilandala seems to be taking over the back garden!


Christmas Preparation ~ Part 2


Well, I realised if I’m going to be at all realistic about my “To Craft” list for Christmas, I better speed things up a little.

This stool cover pattern is way quicker …and maybe not as fancy, but pretty nevertheless I reckon.

The pattern is from the lovely Alice at Hook Knit Spin. I’ve used this Mandala pattern so many times, and it’s just so nice to crochet…and so quick that it really has that instant gratification thing going… which is never a bad thing 🙂

These pictures were taken a little late in the day, hence the low light – sorry about that.

It was also getting a little too close to Moo’s dinner time. She wasn’t too impressed with this photo session.

PS Only three more to go!

Did somebody say Doily?


We’re frantically cleaning house this week, as my in-laws are coming to stay with us. Husband and I are going on a Big Adventure for three weeks and of course, we can’t just leave Moo with anybody….

So, I’ve been organising the spare bedroom, and thought it needed just a few extra pieces of crochet before it was quite ready.

Obviously, there are two of these ~ one for each bedside table. They actually look quite nice with the cheap Ikea touch-lamps. Don’t touch-lamps provided just hours of mindless entertainment?

The yarn: Koigu 4ply, 100% merino – yum!

The pattern: Granny Mandala from Crochet with Raymond.

Home at last


Ok, I guess “at last” is not really necessary, since I was only away Monday to Friday. But it sure felt longer. I really miss my time just being at home… except when there’s a mound of post-travelling washing like there was this weekend.

Anyway, here is the present for my mother that I was talking about in my last post. The yarn is by Katia, called Gatsby. Doesn’t it look rather Gatsbyish to you? It does to me.

And here it is, in-situ in it’s new home. Do you like it? Do you like the terrarium? I think it’s really cool, and I want one!

We couldn’t resist a picture with my mum’s new snails, bought back from Venice. They too look happy with their new mandala.

PS Moo is very happy to have me home, just in case you were wondering….

You can never have enough Doilies


…. or so my mother-in-law informed me 14 years ago on my wedding day. I had just opened a gift from Great Aunt Myrtle and was looking curiously at some hand made doilies, wondering what anyone would do with something hand made and crochetted. How things change!

It is time for some new doilies.

We have been without bed-side tables for about six months now, ever since husband built us a new bed, and the old tables no longer fit. The cardboard box tables were becoming a little embarassing – it’s been many many years since milk crates and boxes were acceptable furniture in our first rental apartment.

So we bid on some lovely art deco side tables on ebay last week. Husband decided they were just The Thing, once we had a couple of doilies on top!

The yarn: Rowan cotton glace 4ply, purchased last summer in lovely floral shades to make crochet flowers.

The pattern: I’ve been wanting to try this Granny Mandala from Crochet with Raymond for a Very Long Time now.

I’ve not crochetted with 4ply before, but it really wasn’t as hard as I expected.

And here it is, the Finished Product.

I’m thinking the lime green for husband’s side. You really can never have enough doilies…