It Works for Me
I finally finished two more doilies. Lately, I've been starting one doily as I finish another. Then I finish the new doily, and then I go back finish the first one. It may be a strange way to make doilies, but it seems to work for me.
Rosa in Rose
Here's Rosa from Doilies with a Twist.
Honestly, the twists aren't that bad--although they did intimidate me at first. I used Optima thread and a size 6 hook.
I really like this doily. I used Opera Thread and a size 5 hook. It seems like I can can get guage with her doily with a hook one size larger than recommended.
It's Not a Mistake, but a Design Element
Here's a little secret about Trish K. doilies. Since they are so stitch dense and rich, it's much easier to hide small errors in her doilies than others. Nearly all my doilies have small mistakes based on my inattention, but my Precious has a big boo-boo.
I read the pattern wrong, and marked the wrong stitch to work post stitches, so the center is different in my Precious than the doily in the book. Her post stiches are straight, mine spiral. By the time I realized it was wrong, I was on round 10 or so, and I refused to frog.
Anyway, it doesn't look all that bad. I think I can enter it in the Fair.
My friend Grace would say, "It's not a mistake it's a design element."
Although, perhaps I shouldn't start a doily a 3 am without looking at the photo.
While I'm still a bit bummed that AC Moore is discontinuing Opera Thread, and I won't be able to get it locally, having it on sale for $2.00 a ball cheered me up somewhat.
Really, I didn't buy it all, there were a few balls left in the bin--for now anyway.
Props for Patrick!
Patrick is much more crafty than I. He draws and paints and takes wonderful photos. He even accompanied me to the last knitting guild meeting so he could do some spinning. He's interested in so many things.
I'm a very linear, draw inside the lines, think inside the box type of person while he's all over the place. As a couple, we balance each other (for the most part), and I have become a bit more creative and he is a bit more disciplined.
He's always very tolerant and supportive of my knitting/crocheting/yarn/patterns/books obsession--although not so much with my pro football obession.
He also makes candles. Aren't these lovely?
...and he's sold some too. If you are local, check them out at Jumping Water in James Island.