Well, I said that I was ready to start a "serious" project; I guess this one qualifies. I've finished the first 3 rounds of "Duet Doily" from The Tatter's Treasure Chest edited by Mary Carolyn Waldrep. I am pleased with the results so far, since it is lying flat and the imperfections seem to be ones that will clean up pretty well with some blocking when I'm finished. That will be after 4 more rounds.
I have 2 thoughts about doily making at this stage:
1. This reminds me of a band sampler in counted cross-stitch with each row using a different set of stitches.
2. The more progress you make, the longer each part takes (I know it makes sense, but the patterns don't do this concept justice when they list the directions for the rounds, and they all look so equal!).