Hopefully my post-it note doesn't come across as too insane. After my first few projects I decided that while I'm taking the time to work out how much thread I need to wind on the shuttle, I might aswell save that info. After completion I can amend the amount if I have too much left over. See, it makes sense really.
I hate to say it but I'm not so happy with the book Tatting Theory & Patterns by Jan Stawasz. First off, I wasn't banking on having to learn a new method of tatting so I gave that section of the book a miss for the time being.
Secondly, I've been repeatedly trying to complete the centre section of this doily with little success. I had to do the pink bit twice which was in a way my own fault, I didn't realise there were different stitch counts for regular tatting and "Jan's method" so I didn't have enough room to close the circle and have it lay flat. Now I'm finding that the chains on the second round are causing me strife. If I pull them tight they look wrinkled when I join them, if I leave them looser they look too floppy. I've cut off and restarted the white several times and now I give up!