First, I finished the Winter's Breath Doily:
This is an easy, very well-written pattern that makes an 8-inch (approx.) sized doily (when crocheted in size 10 thread and with a size 7 steel hook). It took me longer than it needed to simply because I felt uncertain about working with a tiny hook and thread again. While it took me several days, in retrospect, there is no good reason it took me so long. I'm looking forward to making more from this pattern.
Inspired by how easy the above doily was to make, and thinking 8 inches in diameter about the perfect size for my purposes, I went looking for another smallish one that I especially liked. In my search I happened upon a video tutorial for making this doily with a very humble name: Easy Doily:
I believe the designer used size 3 thread and her results look a little more "solid" (which I actually like better), but I'm happy enough with how mine turned out using size 10 thread.
Joanna Stawniak has numerous video tutorials on Youtube of other pretty crocheted items. For this project I found her instructions very easy to follow and will consider more of her tutorials.
I was in such a groove making doilies, I decided to jump right into making another one:
The Summer Splendor Doily seems to be a fairly simple pattern, but it looks beautiful in photos, so hopefully it will be a nice addition to the other two. And hopefully, I'll be able to figure out how to modify it (if I need to) in order to keep it at around 8 inches. The designer's finished doily measures 11 inches. If I have to make mine that large, I suppose that will be okay, but I'd really like to keep it a tad smaller.
These doilies are to be a going away gift for a young Japanese lady I've been serving as a volunteer ESL tutor for. We've only been together since April and her husband got called home much earlier than they anticipated, so our meeting together has gotten cut short. But I have grown very fond of her.
Yuko and her little family are planning on coming to dinner a week from tomorrow and it is my intention to give her the three doilies at that time. I figure small(ish) doilies will be easy to pack away, possibly even in a suitcase. If, in the end, she doesn't care for doilies I hope, perhaps, she'll find another home for them after she returns to Japan. I'm thinking of suggesting she give one to her mother, if she likes. I don't know... is that an okay thing to do? Give someone a gift and suggest she share it? Or maybe I should just tell her that I'd like her to pick one to give to her mother from me. Is that weird? Her mother is my age and it tickles me to think of something I've made being enjoyed by someone(s) on the other side of the world. But maybe her mother doesn't like doilies...
I'm overthinking this. As always. Weigh in with thoughts if you have them.
And that's it for me this week! To see what other YOPpers are up to, visit our group on Ravelry.