I began knitting lace about 15 years ago, and what began as curiosity quickly became a passion.
I have frequented used bookstores and antique shops for some 40 years, and have acquired an extensive library of works on textile arts going back to the 1850s.
This blog chronicles the patterns found in a late-Victorian composition book that was used by an anonymous east-central Illinois knitter as a knitted lace sample book. Some of the instructions were clipped out of newspapers, others written out by hand. Most were accompanied by a small sample worked in fine thread.
For more on the original book, see post #1, The Project. Phase Two of the blog documents the patterns in another late-Victorian knitter's notebook from my collection described in the August 2010 post Son of the Project. While including many knitted lace designs, the book also contains directions to make mittens, afghans, baby leggings and more.