Oh, by the way, I was asked about the amount of thread used for the doily. I have not set out to measure the thread used so I can only give an estimate based on the number of times I had re-load my shuttles. I am using Lizbeth size 40 in two colours, a solid and a multi-coloured. Up till now, I am on the fourth shuttle-load of the solid thread, and used up five full shuttles of the multi-coloured.
I will be loading the shuttle with the multi-cloured thread for the sixth time to continue with Round 5 and expect another full shuttle will be needed before I finish Round 6.
This is the status at Round 5, with just a bit more to finish the round. As it is, the doily is laying reasonably flat without any need for blocking - just the way I like it.
|The dimension at Round 5 is about 9in (22cm)|
While all the earlier rounds were rather smooth (except for that mistake in Round 4), Round 5 has several points to take note of.
Firstly, the repeat in the number of rings in the inner cluster is not as straightforward as the earlier rounds, where it was a continuous repeat. In Round 5, the repeat is in every three clusters sequence; 6 rings, 5 rings, 5 rings. This sequence is repeated at the fourth cluster onward, like so - (6 5 5), (6 5 5), (6 5 5) and so on.
Secondly, by the way that the inner clusters were joined to Round 4, the blank round spaces alternates between small and big.
The picture below illustrates the points that I am trying to make.
Another useful point to note is the number of outer clusters for each round, as summarised below:
Round 1 has 8 clusters;
Round 2 has 16 clusters;
Round 3 has 32 clusters;
Round 4 has 32 clusters;
Round 5 has 48 clusters;
I am guessing that Round 6 also contains 48 clusters.
Then, I took a break from trying to unravel this Mystery and was treated to a whodunit - a theatre play of Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap"! The theatre company performing this play is currently on a tour of this region. Agatha Christie was one of my favourite authors when I was in school and still is. I used to catch episodes of the Hercule Poirot series on the cable tv. It was a rare opportunity to be able to watch the play, which I thoroughly enjoyed.