Saturday November 06th 2021, 10:07 pm
Filed under: Knit,Mango tree

I looked at the forecast and did a sudden oh, right, I have to get in the habit of doing that again, and ran out with a bright flashlight and got the mango tree double-covered for the night to protect the fruit. Winter might come after all.

Meantime, a Ravelry link: my hands don’t love knitting cellulose fibers but that would be worth it. There are no instructions, just a seat-of-the-pants this-is-sort-of-how-I-did-it.

I think I could kluge that.

It’s fabulous. A beaded lace dress with a solid bodice, using an oak lace doily pattern that Lacis in Berkeley published eons ago for the skirt, sleeves, and inset. Make it A-line and floor length and it would be a wedding dress for the ages.

Kaethe Kliot, the founder of Lacis in Berkeley, knit doilies as cotton tablecloths to sell to American soldiers to send home after WWII and saved just enough to emigrate. She established a shop and museum and essentially a bookstore for all things lace, run now by her daughter, last I knew. She collected very old doily patterns including the ones she’d used and published them in several books so they wouldn’t vanish from history.

That dress took one of those doilies back to tablecloth size and showed what it could do. Wow.

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Comment by Jayleen Hatmaker 11.07.21 @ 5:38 am

That dress is amazing! My hands wince to think of knitting that much linen (I’m such a softy), but the result is wonderful.

Comment by ccr in MA 11.07.21 @ 6:59 am

I would have said “WOW” but someone already did. She is very talented and skilled besides, to make that dress with all those details.

Comment by Sharon Stanger 11.07.21 @ 5:17 pm

Goodness. It’s stunning. But my brain and my hands hurt thinking about making something like that!

Comment by Chris+S+in+Canada 11.07.21 @ 8:44 pm

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