I hate all the finishing details of a project. I really do. And frankly, I'm lazy.
I hate sewing in ends. So I hardly ever do it. Most times, I either pre-plan and do the Magic Thread Trick using floss threaders, or I go from one round to another without cutting. Thank heavens for split rings and split chains.
I hate blocking. And really, I hardly ever do it. I never, ever block little things like bookmarks. I either smooth them out, or I cheat by soaking them in spray starch sprayed on a plate, then running them through the microwave. No, I'm not kidding. I stick them in the microwave.Works great.
But sometimes, I gotta block.
I finished my Daffodil doily last night while watching a re-run of the Royal Wedding. It looks nice (BTW - the pattern is wrong - the last chain of round 3 should have only 4 picots.) The fourth round of the doily started ruffling pretty badly, as you can see. But that changed, by golly.
I blocked the durn thing. As this is a round doily, I went to LadyShuttleMaker's blog and found her round blocking template. Very useful. And ya gotta have a whole lotta pins! I had some bad things to say to those little rings of round 3 - all of them are forced into submission. The same for the ruffling motifs in round 4. Behave!
And it did. what do you think?