The photo in the book shows the completed doily encased in plastic, used as a hot plate for a cup of coffee. I did a hot plate a few years ago, and have a few empty ones left that I was going to make and give as presents...someday.
And guess what, after round 4 the unfinished doily fits the hot plate pretty much perfectly (ps: please ignore the strings, I have been making this doily using up half-filled shuttles so there are a lot of places I have had to add thread)...
The problem is, there are still 3 rounds left to finish the doily. And I am using smaller thread than Mr. Stawasz called for, so his hot plate must be larger than mine! :)
The conundrum is, of course, whether to continue on and finish the doily or to leave it as-is and give the hotplate to someone as a gift.
As an anal perfectionist (and one who likes to finish things once started), I am pretty sure I already have an answer to the conundrum--I will finish the doily, considering it a practice piece, and then make another, better one as a gift...someday.
That is what I will do, but it is awfully tempting to snip the theads and leave it, I think it looks so nice...
But then I wouldn't have finished my first Jan Stawasz doily, and that would be a conundrum in itself. :)