the lace handkerchief

I know!  Another lace handkerchief crocheted whilst sitting on a summer’s beach.  I did just this last summer too.  It must because the dear little fabric store, down in the town, sells these lovely pure cotton handkerchiefs.  Right near them – a basket full of reduced DMC crochet yarn.  It was just too much to resist.

So – with my supplies packed, I headed down to Bar Beach early in the morning, bought my coffee, and set up in my favourite nook – amongst the red rocks, my feet in damp sand, the waves washing so close.

It is a glorious way to start the day … sigh!  I so wish I could begin every day like this.  Julian tells me I’m greedy – to just relish the moment.  I try :-)

The only distraction?  The seagulls – squawking and chasing and posturing.  I feel a felt seagull coming on.  Of course, the other distraction is a more primal call of nature.  After an hour, that wake up glass of water, cup of tea with Mum, and coffee by the sea is more than I can stand and I have to bungle everything back into the basket and tear back up the hill, practising those “now, pretend those muscles are a lift and imagine them rising up and up – floor 1, and 2, and 3, and 4″ exercises the physiotherapist at the prenatal classes taught us!

So the hanky was finished on the front porch – so sweet.  I made up the design as I went round – and am quite pleased with it.  But I wonder what it would be like if it were finer (I think I said this last year too!).  Like the ones my Nanny Dougall made.  With one of those crochet hooks where you can’t even see the hook without a magnifying glass.

Hark!  I hear more hankies calling!  ”Come and buy us! Come and buy us!” they are saying.  Oh really?  Alright.

4 thoughts on “the lace handkerchief

  1. Such stunning colours of the rocks and the water. What a beautiful way of starting the day. I think you need to go back to that little store and make another small purchase!!

  2. Love the hankies!!! I am too scared to try crochetting that small. I found your blog from Trudy over at Playing in the attic and feel that a large coffee, a movie on for the kids and a couple of hours of reading is instore for me today! Love your photos and am rather envious of your beautiful location that you can spend an hour on the beach! Great blog!

  3. Your hankie is lovely! My gran used to make things like that, but she had to give up on teaching me crochet – too complicated for this left-handed needleworker…
    I love the colours of your landscape – that picture of waves crashing towards the red shore would make a wonderful palette for a quilt, I think!

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