Irish Lace 3/17/22

No better day to busy myself with this little Irish crochet pin keep ♡

I fell hard for Irish Lace, it’s so beautifully complex looking, with its chain webs, picots, flowers and leaves, the tiny delicate stitches ..oof ♡

I found the pattern for this pincushion here
(I will warn you, I had some issues with sections of the pattern being a little off (even after checking the errata, so it’s a bit freestyled in areas.)

I used a thicker linen thread than the pattern stated, so I didn’t do as many rnds of the lace background or leaves (p.s the leaves are added after your done!) I made the pad out of a scrap of decorator linen & stuffed it tight with 0000 steel wool (to help keep the pins sharp). The breakdown, basically all the best pincushiony things: Linen thread on linen fabric, stuffed with 0000 steel wool wrapped in wool batting.

Some of my vintage pincushions have a little strawberry attached to them that’s filled with emery sand & you to poke your needles into it to sharpen them, I kind of love that idea ..but don’t know if I really love the idea of dealing with sand ..steel wool scouring pads are relatively cheap, readily available & low mess.

pincushions aren’t weird

I know it’s dishcloth time, but I am always busy doing loads of other things too. Sometimes I forget to share or think it’s too lame to share…I need to get better at sharing more, even if it’s just a bizarre off beat thought, a funny situation, or a passionate opinion. I don’t know why I am so awkward on my blog, it isn’t coming naturally to me to talk to myself on here (I can have excellent conversations with myself in real life…what’s my problem!?) So if you see me being a dope or saying something weird, stupid or bitchy…just laugh along & know this is how I actually am in real life…

Anyhoo onto things that aren’t weird or awkward…maybe


I loved adaiha’s idea of making the “vintage kitchen trivet” pattern from the book Crochet Adorned in thread, so using #10 crochet thread & 1.5mm, I set about making my own tiny pincushion version.

I made it for a fellow Raveler, we had set up a pincushion swap a little while back. We kept it very informal just us 2, we settled on doing pincushions any type, we wanted it to be an open stress free time frame. We had been friends for a long time (she is a beautiful person) & we really respected each others workmanship (she does beautiful work too) so I think that prevented the “oh no, am I going to get crap in return” thought, that you always have, but then feel guilty about having because it’s not suppose to be about the stuff! You know what I mean if you’ve ever been in a swap! It’s like getting something from someone that is cool but stinks of cigarettes..not cool.

*disclaimer all current (potholder & dishcloth & scrubby) swaps I participate in are of the excellent variety (that’s why I keep coming back!) I have never been disappointed or disgusted (never stinky) Those swaps that I have not played/joined in again ..well, now you know why.. :D

My Notes:
I Worked the pattern through rnd 8 + 1 row of the edging, then I just increased the number of repeats & worked rows 3 through 8 again.

To make the pin pad I crocheted 2 wool circles the size of the lacy top (attached the top) hooked them together (stuffed it full) & added a graceful piecrust trim …it looks like some exquisite cream tart or puffy doughnut! ..YUM

Even in #10 thread it measures just under 4½” (obviously I wanted my friend to have a substantial pinkeep!)

P.S. She sent me loads of ultra amazing extra treats too! We decided we WILL be swapping again!

again with the potholders? yes..

I love how the round pinny turned out so much that I decided to make it again (same pattern adjustments) …but this time potholder size! Using #3 fashion thread & a 3mm hook!

I backed it with worsted wt cotton & attached it together the same way I did my 2012 swap potholders, but on this version, I added a brown loop chain border around the outer edge, then topped that off with a creamy scallop trim which just lets the spokes of brown peek through ♥

..up next dishcloths! ..maybe :)