A Gathering of lace 9781893762244 by Meg Swansen is a nice book. Unfortunately, I was expecting to REALLY like it, but I only like it, so I feel oddly disappointed. Meg Swansen collected lace patterns from about 30 designers. There are quite a few patterns in the books: 5 triangular shawls, 2 rectangular shawls, 9 circular shawls, 3 square shawls, 2 shrugs, 2 vests, 6 pullovers, 2 jacket/cardigans, 2 hats, 1 doily, 1 “tabard”, 1 pair of gloves, 3 pairs of socks, 2 purses, 1 pinafore and 2 pillows.
However, few of the items are things I would actually like or could picture making for someone. At this time, shawls are not part of my wardrobe, so I am drawn to relatively few shawl patterns. I have also determined that I don’t like shawls made at a heavy gauge, but I’m also not sure I really like the very fine Shetland lace. However, even the socks failed to really grab me. They are nice enough, but they just didn’t yell “make me”.
I think DJ should look for the book in her library and see if there is anything that leaps out to her that also isn’t marked as really hard, because I could see making her something (like the Faroese shawl or the Picture hat or the Rose lace vest).