I Can Learn to Love Again: A Crochet Story

My friend from the States (featured here and here) is a crafter, but in a very different way than me.  She loves pretty things and is an ace with a crochet hook (whereas I prefer to stab at things, have never crocheted or made anything remotely wearable, and sometimes I like ugly things). When she visited Tokyo, we found this book:

I begged my friend to buy it — not because I like doilies (actually, I sort of hate doilies), but because 1. it’s a beautiful example of a Japanese craft book and I wanted to share it with you, and 2. if you could bundle my friend’s personality into a book, it might be this book, all flowers and peachy-pink and cashmere yarn. It was meant to be.

My initial unlove for doilies was because they didn’t fulfill my first rule of craft: the things you make should be useful or contribute to the beauty of a useful item. Because seriously, what do you do with a doily?

Apparently you can do a lot of things:

I love that book cover. Psst — hey friend, hint hint. I love that book cover.

I challenged her to finish a doily before she left. She put my challenge to shame and made two. Show off.

She offered to make me one, so I chose the triangle doily. And I love it.

It turns out my new doily is lazy. It lounged on the couch for a week after my friend left. It was being a total couch potato doily. Maybe it was sad to see my friend leave. Or maybe it’s an inanimate object and I need to get some fresh air.

After finding this image,  I’m thinking the doily found a new home. Doily, your purpose in life is clear. You are welcome to stay, as I bind you in chain stitch to my couch.

Image from Apartment Therapy


5 thoughts on “I Can Learn to Love Again: A Crochet Story

  1. What a pretty way to cover a small wear spot, hole, or stain. My question is: are the directions in English or did your friend understand Japanese? Grandma has doilies stored away. I believe she still has a couple that she is using.
    In the “olden” days they used to use doilies on furniture where the head would rest and on the arms of chairs. It was easier to wash a doilie than to try and clean the piece of furniture. Also, were used on dresser tops, and tables to protect the finish when setting something that might scratch the finish. Sometimes they were just used for decoration.
    Your little German Great Great Grandma used them all the time. I remember seeing them we went to visit her.
    Nicole likes to crochet/tat and has made some doilies.

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