Sunday, 24 July 2011

L is for Lace, Laundry and Land Rovers

Lace oddments stored in a box that once held rose scented soap
The next instalment in the ABC meme run by An Accidental Knitter - L is for Lace

I love lace, all forms of lace:
Bobbin (all the different kinds)
Needlelace and lacework embroidery

I love the look, the techniques, the patience of the people who make it well.

Odd thing is that for me it doesn't have to be attached to anything or have any purpose.  I just like bits of lace.  And when it's raining and there's nothing better to do, then a dolly wash is fun.  Some lace bits come out of the collection in the cupboard and I launder them according to the instructions in old books.  Yes, I have a fascination for laundry techniques as well - bit peculiar I know.

They are dried and pressed unstarched (otherwise they go yellow), placed between sheets of acid free tissue paper with lavendar and there you are.  Lavendar, it's scent, it's colour and it's calming properties - love that as well.

These little pieces may not be seen again two three years, but when I open the box, Heaven.

Drooping Elm Leaf from the Barbara Walker Treasury - knitted by me (4th attempt).

And Land Rovers.  Ever since I was a little girl I have loved Land Rovers, the look, the sounds, the smell, and the ride.  I learned to drive on a beaten up series 2 short wheel base Land Rover manufactured in 1959.  My first love.

Old Land Rovers in a line up at a recent 'Sort Out' - an Autojumble - which focused on Land Rovers


Peppermint Mocha Mama said...

I always get lost when I attempt to make lace - kudos to those who can do it with such ease!

Sara said...

I may just have to start making little oddments for a lace collection!

pinkundine said...

I love the contrast between lace and landrovers *laughs* I can understand the enjoyment of getting something beautiful out to look after and launder, it sounds very soothing :)

witchyknits4ewe said...

I love lace too!! That was my "L." Very beautiful leaves - you did a great job on them!! Cool Land Rovers too!

Christine said...

Beautiful lace photos. And I thought I was the only one who had pieces of lace "just because"

Stefanie said...

What a cool combo lace and land rover!

Charlotte said...

You did a great job on that lace! And I'm mad about land rovers too :)