A Garden Doily

Time for another doily fix! 

Yes, I finally finished this lavender doily that I started a while

back.  This one will be a gift for a friend that just 

celebrated her 50th Birthday.

We've been friends for 40 years!

This pattern is from Book 5 of 

A Year of Doilies.

It was the first time I've ever worked the 

"popcorn" stitch with thread. 

I love the texture this stitch creates.

In this piece it makes me think of grapes or lilacs. 

Then, while I was out in the garden one day,

I saw this! 

An artichoke plant.

I've really never seen anything like it, have you? 

I mean, is this the same artichoke that we buy at the store and eat? 

I didn't realize they were so pretty.

This bee was SO busy, he wouldn't sit still for me to get a 

shot of him.  Look at all the pollen on him! 

So, tell me what you know about this plant.

I'd love to know more about it. 

Well, now that I've finished this piece, what's next on the 

crochet agenda? 

I still have other projects that I haven't completed, so maybe I'll 

finish one of those. 

After working with small thread, sometimes I like to 

switch and work with yarn for a while. 

 I'm off to enjoy the rest of the long Labor Day weekend.

 We are still enjoying lovely weather, so it's 

back outside for me! 

Sending good wishes your way, 



The doily is lovely! I know your friend will be thrilled with such a beautiful gift....one that takes a lot of time and skill. I am still crocheting some. I'm making little hearts right now but I want to find a pattern for a small flower next. Enjoy your evening! Hugs!
TexWisGirl said…
the doily is absolutely beautiful. i have no idea on that plant other than it is really cool looking! your photos are beautiful! :)
Lisa Gordon said…
What a beautiful job you did on this, Becca. It is gorgeous. What a sweet friend you are.

I love these flowers too. They are so unusual.
GardenOfDaisies said…
Becca, your pale lavender doily is absolutely beautiful! I love the way the color and shape match the artichoke plant. Nature provides so much inspiration.
Mary Anne Komar said…
This is what happens to artichokes left on the stalk past picking time, they blossom! And they are in the same family as thistles and cardoons! Lovely doilies too! Mary Anne
Anonymous said…
Really pretty pattern Becca. Lucky friend. Amazing photos of that artichoke, they are so surreal, I expect dinosaurs to be munching on them, they seem old old. xox
Janine said…
Gorgeous! Both the doily and the artichoke. I've never seen one growing before. I wonder if it is related to a thistle.
Judy S. said…
Beautiful doily, Becca! That looks like a really difficult pattern. Lucky friend!
What beautiful photos, Becca! The doily is so pretty and intricate, I know your friend will love it! How very special to have a friend for that long...xo
Gorgeous, you are so talented. Your friend is going to love it...and it must be wonderful to have a friend for such a long time.
Katy Noelle said…
Purple!! =D

Goodness! Your crochet skills seem to be growing!! =) Wonderful!! =) xo

Disneyland uses blooming artichokes for landscaping in Tomorrowland. If I remember correctly, everything growing in Tomorrowland is edible and beautiful at the same time! =)

Unknown said…
That Artichoke plant is so cool. I love the way it looks. And Your Doily looks awesome my friend. I LOVE it.

Tracy said…
Oooo... LOVE the lavender color! Your friend will be so happy... A great gift to celebrate her, and your 40-year friendship... WOW--40 years!! Oh, yes, that's a buy-at-the-store-and-eat kind of artichoke! If you let them go, like other food plants they do come into flower and bloom. These are lovely! Enjoy the long holiday weekend, Becca ((HUGS))
Wow! Your crochet is superb! I've tried working with thread but I feel like I am all thumbs. Your doily is absolutely gorgeous! And that artichoke plant is lovely. It's funny that we don't really think about how things grow, what they look like or where they come from. Like the first time I saw a cinnamon tree in Sri Lanka. Who knew that cinnamon sticks actually from the bark of the cinnamon tree. Never really thought about it before. :) Have a great week. Tammy
Kate said…
Beautiful doily!! The purple was the perfect choice for those popcorn stitches! And wow, friends for 40 years! That's great! Lovely photos of the artichoke plant and bee too!!
Kate :}
Holly Loves Art said…
What a gorgeous post! The artichokes remind me of Protea, which is one of my favorite flowers from Hawaii. Thanks for sharing!
Vintage Home said…
Oh wow lots of artichoke info here...not to be over shadowed by your amazing crocheting! Fabulous pattern!
Love your photography!
Catherine said…
Every time I saw the Seattle Ferry last week in Victoria I thought of you Becca! Hope you are still enjoying lovely weather!
xo Catherine
Oh my goodness what a gorgeous doily you have created - superb!
Love also your artichoke plants and yes those are the ones we eat - we grow them in our garden here and that is exactly the gorgeous flower. We eat the hearts of the plant and they are divine!
RURAL said…
Becca, Muddy Boot Dreams has moved to a new spot.

Could you please update your links to www.muddybootdreams.com

Thanks so much.


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