So, here's Round 1:
I did not make that first picot large enough, so my center rings look too "squished". I have been pondering starting again (the perfectionist in me) but I've decided to continue with it the way it is and see what other imperfections I can create along the way. There is no doubt that I may be doing this a second time!
I've chosen to use a taupe/brown pearl cotton along with a light tan to keep my doily somewhat neutral in color. The next round will be the lighter tan color.
In weather news, it's getting to be Fall rather quickly here in Minnesota. We had a beautiful weekend with temperatures in the low 80's F, and today the high was only about 62 F. Back to wearing (GASP!) socks.
My vegetable garden has been tilled up, and most of my flowers are done. Except for a few autumn sunflowers and morning glories that look a little sad and weedy from this distance:
But I think they are quite beautiful when I get up close:
And, here's a bird we haven't seen much of in our yard - a Northern Flicker. We had a whole flock of flickers today!