Every month the knitting forums at Craftster have a "knitting challenge," and February's was What Would Marple Knit - vintage knitting patterns in a modern context.
If you were to click over there out of curiosity, you'd see a whole board full of mindblowing, original designs people have submitted. These are the kinds of projects that started cropped up mid-month, and I quickly realized I had not a shot in hell of winning this challenge.
But I did actually kind of want to knit some antique lace. That's just the kind of girl I am.
This is a lace pattern from a book published in 1891 called "Home Work: A Choice Collection of Useful Designs for the Crochet and Knitting Needle: Also, Valuable Recipes for the Toilet".
Note that I did not make any of the toilet recipes. I don't even know where to go with that.
The pattern I used is the Kendal Insertion.
You can also wear it as a hat, a brooch, a pteradactyl...