I didn't do much blogging these past few weeks as I was finishing up another course in pursuit of my CPA license - Intermediate Accounting I. Well, today I finally took my final exam. I'm glad this class is over. I had a much more difficult time with this course than the three that came before it - did fine on the homework, thought I knew what I was doing and then I'd get to the tests and it would all go downhill. I still got a A in the class and managed to maintain my 4.0 average - but it was much more of a struggle this time. Here's hoping Intermediate Accounting II is not quite so hard (along with Business Law II, it starts in a week).
I've had this thread, called "Magnolia", in my stash for a while without using it. [Yes, I have entirely too much hand-dyed thread.] This one is from LadyShuttleMaker. It is a beautiful combination of a light lilac, creamy pale yellow, and ecru. Very subtle and just lovely. She uses a high quality cotton thread which tats up nicely as well. The pattern is from Occhi: Schiffchenspitze, a German book which has very clear diagrams and some unusual patterns.
I've wanted to try this pattern for several months and finally found some time. I mark pages in books with paperclips to remind me to revisit certain patterns when I get a chance. This is one round of a larger doily in the book. The most fun was deciding how I wanted to add beads. You see where the long bugle beads are - that's the kind of thing I find picot gauges to be very handy for.
You can get the picots to be exactly the right length for these bugle beads so that the beads fit perfectly over the picots with no extra thread sticking out. So far, I am very pleased with the way this project is going.