That would be the big cosy doily – with credit to the master of imagination, Mr. Dahl. Mmmhmm!
Do you remember that mega cone of super bulky wool I bought in Sale at the Op Shop? Well, I thought about knitting it up into some kind of vest or something. But frankly, I had no idea how much wool was on the cone. I was too lazy to work it out. And it was a bit too bulky. Yes, as someone rightly pointed out, it was most likely carpet wool :-)
Carpet wool it may be, but it is deliciously warm and soft and lovely. So I ditched the circular needle and bought myself a super bulky crochet hook and turned the cone of yarn into a big cosy doily.
My BCD was utterly gorgeous to make – each night the doily grew by another few rounds, smothering more and more of my lap and keeping me so warm! There was a spate of frogging when I’d added to many increases and it developed a ruffled edge.
But, with parsimony as my revised mantra, the doily continued to grow – just more modestly – with me smoothing it out onto the floor every round just to make sure – and before long, the cone looked sufficiently depleted to start a picot finishing round.
As I drew nearer to the end, Abby was confident – quite tauntingly, I might add – that my yarn would NOT make it to the end. Oh I did grow nervous – and indulged in that irrational habit we folk who wield yarn and needles have when faced with this dilemma – I crocheted faster.
Voila! It didn’t! Run out, that is :-) Yay! Just enough to weave in the end. Perfect! Now I need a fine day, a scrappy sheet, some tent pegs and dry grass and I shall block the BCD out on the lawn. The front lawn I think. I know that this fluffy madam would not be able to stop herself from standing on it if I blocked it out the back.
Mind you, my BCD is so deliciously cosy I almost cannot bear the thought of putting it on the ground as a rug – people will STAND on it and it will get DIRTY! Maybe I’ll leave it draped over the sofa awhile and sneak it back down onto my lap during these cold winter nights.