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March 4, 2013

2011-08 Giant orange doily2It all started with a death. So many things do. A dear friend lost an unfair fight with cancer and I mourned him stitch by stitch.

The pattern was designed as a delicate doily, but worked in a chunky yarn with a big hook. Larger than life.

The eight repeats reflect, a little, the Eastern philosophies that interested him. The design incorporates lots of crochet “pineapples”, a sign of welcome. The yarn is lambswool and silk, and just the right amount of warm. The orange is vibrant, alive, intense. It is impossible to be indifferent to this orange. And it was the colour of a tie he used to wear sometimes that we would gently tease him about.

My friend was, above all things and in equal measure,  funny and kind. And that’s just what this giant doily blanket is.  Comforting, too, on the dark nights when I need to be reminded that being alive is a gift in itself. There are thousands of stitches in this blanket, and many of them have tears on, and all of them are soaked with love.

I have made several enormous doilies since then. They are not very useful. Round is not really the ideal shape for blankets or shawls or anything. But they make me happy. I am pretty close to finishing a new one, which will be my best yet, I think. It is a magnum opus.

But this one will always be First.

[Prompt: TOMW]

3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 5, 2013 1:03 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss but what a lovely tribute to your friend.

  2. March 5, 2013 1:14 am

    The blanket is beautiful. I am so sorry for the loss of your friend.

  3. March 5, 2013 7:29 pm

    Thank you both for your kind comments x

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