I took a break from knitting yesterday (shocking but true!) and picked up a crochet WIP that has been suffering from neglect. This is a Rainbow Doily, crocheted using 3 strands of sewing thread at a time. The threads are changed, gradually, and one at a time, creating a softly blended color gradation throughout.
I am on row #36 of the 52 row doily. As the work progresses and the circumference grows it is starting to take a l-o-n-g time to get around each row. The biggest problem I have had with this project comes from working three threads at once. I find it easy to miss a thread. It is like working with a yarn that splits badly. I am also finding that the thread can easily tangle and when that happens it is next to impossible to fix. To help in that end, I am using a spool holder to keep the numerous spools of thread organized and prevent them from rolling around as they are used. I place the holder on the floor at my side and the thread unwinds from the top of the spools.
When this doily is finally finished I think I will frame it and place it on the wall facing our front door. It is a pineapple pattern and the pineapple motif is traditionally a symbol of WELCOME, so I feel the entrance would be a fitting location. As pretty as it is, it is too shockingly colorful to blend into the decorating scheme of other areas of our house.