I have been enjoying a particular knitting blog so much that I am starting to feel very selfish. I should at least share this gem of a blog with others. It is the 1884 Knitted Lace Sample Book by VintageKathleen (the link takes you to the first entry which explains the project). She shares her work freely, which is such a beautiful thing in this day and age. This is a direct link to a knitter from the 1800's.
The online knitting community is a conduit of inspiration flowing from needle to needle.