2 June 2015

Round 1


Well I succumbed. It could be about half a century since I did a big doily - they don't appeal to me normally but this one does!!! No idea why but that's the weird thing about my brain!!!

It's the Jan Stawatz Monster Doily. I bought the pattern from Zarina's Etsy shop here (she's got more copies I noticed yesterday) and am currently writing down the 'Jane' translation as I go along. 

You will notice that I'm not using my usual 'in your face' colours as I'm trying to do something I've been meaning to do for many years - grow old gracefully and use 'old lady' colours. OK, I can hear you all laughing your socks off. I'll probably give up on that idea within a week or two - we'll see!!!

I'm working this alongside Pigmini too so we can check our 'interpretation' of Jan's wonderful pattern. It's not easy but it's working - so far!!!

22 comments:

Jane McLellan said...

I love those tiny beads in the middle. Enjoy!

Maureen said...

It's a pattern which looks stunning in one colour - very elegant. I have it too, if these wall-to-wall grandchildren slow down a bit, maybe I will allow myself the time to do it as well.

Lace-lovin' Librarian ~ Diane said...

It is a beauty! I'm kind of stuck on rounds 10 and 11, but I'll be fine with it once school's out and I can count properly again. I love that you've put a touch of beads in the center. I wish I'd thought of that!

Phyllis said...

Welcome to the Monster Doily Club. Nice touch with the beads. There is a clarification sheet available that has some corrections to the pattern (ie, some rounds do not have stitch counts), Let me know if you would like me to send you a copy.

Jane Eborall said...

Ooooh, yes please, Phyllis. Every little helps!

Helen said...

I love the color and the beads are a wonderful addition, a very classy touch. You go girl!

GraceT said...

Yay! :-D Glad you jumped in; the water's fine.

GraceT said...

Forgot to mention that if you're a member of Craftree you can find all the errata in the Description field of this page: http://www.craftree.com/patterns/1006
Various members of InTatters/Craftree discovered the errata as they were tatting the doily, and I collated them and uploaded them to the entry in the pattern database.

Jane Eborall said...

Thanks, Grace. Found and saved in my working file!!! I never think of Craftree unless I'm given a direct link as I can't find my way round it!!!! Great help.

God's Kid said...

Looks like a great start!! :)

Pigmini said...

Can I beg it too please Phyllis??

Pigmini said...

Please can somebody (Jane) email it to me so I can keep it on my phone? Computer playing silly at the moment!! Think Jane will overtake me!!

Lata Bhatia said...

Simple yet pretty.

Lata Bhatia said...

Simple yet pretty.

Fox said...

WHAT?? OLD LADY COLOURS? Phooey - or worse... I love beiges, ecrus, linens and whites and do NOT consider myself one of the blue haired set though I am sometimes informed often by my offspring that Im getting “up there!” Phooey.

I am happy you are doing this one. It is a nice challenge and Jan’s patterns are very beautiful. I think you will enjoy it - if it doesn’t send you hollering and diving head first into the Thames!

This looks like substantial thread - you are going to have a LARGE finished item... : ))

Jane Eborall said...

Well compared to my usual riotous colours of choice this is old lady ish, Fox! I'm using a size 20 Aida thread.

siriporn srimanoroth said...

Can i beg it too please Phyllis ? please please .... Thank so much

Marla said...

Welcome to the Monster Club! You're off to a very lovely start, and I agree that there is no such thing as "Old Lady Colors!".
I did mine in size 20 also and if I remember correctly it came out at around 30" across.

Zarina Craft said...

At first I thought, Jane why use beads (I used beads when I first start tatting but now just cannot remember how I did it - shows how much tatting is being done).

But reading Diane's comment, yeah. Why don't we add a bit of 'sparkle' just in the center.

Ok - will put that in the note when I do start my own.

Love you all girls for sharing your thoughts on the pattern.

Zarina Craft said...

At first I thought, Jane why use beads (I used beads when I first start tatting but now just cannot remember how I did it - shows how much tatting is being done).

But reading Diane's comment, yeah. Why don't we add a bit of 'sparkle' just in the center.

Ok - will put that in the note when I do start my own.

Love you all girls for sharing your thoughts on the pattern.

Zarina Craft said...

I was thinking that Jane has lost it. They are lovely colors but Jane is much more colorful than these plain colors.

When I do mine, I will most likely go for one color throughout. Still weighing between Rose and Khaki.

Cindy said...

I LOVE the timeless 'Old lady' colors - especially on the big, beautiful 'monster' doilies! It's gonna be gorgeous :)

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