What do you do when the power goes out and all of life's modern conveniences are temporarily taken away? Grab a friend and crochet--no electricity required! That's what we did when heavy winds knocked out our power a couple of weeks ago. What a great time to learn something new.
The teacher was Sharon, a friend of The Animator's Wife's, and the subject was broomstick lace. She had learned it from one of her friends back in the 70s. As we sat there, crocheting in the dimly lit basement, I couldn't help but think of the pioneering women who had invented broomstick lace. What creative minds they had! And they probably worked under similar conditions as we were that afternoon.
For anyone who doesn't know what broomstick lace is, it's a type of crochet lace created on a large (25 mm) knitting needle, called a broomstick lace pin. When it first came into existence, it was created on an actual broomstick; hence the name "broomstick" lace. I was amazed at how fast the lace worked up. In fact, Sharon said it was always her fail-safe when she needed to make a baby blanket in a hurry!
Here is my first attempt from that afternoon:
However, when she went to pick out some yarn for her project, she got to wondering. What would happen if she mixed an old-fashioned type lace with one of the new novelty yarns? She just had to try it.
Here's her broomstick lace patch done in a ribbon yarn: