I'll just plainly say it. I really detest picots. Especially in thread 'cause I crochet so tightly and I always have trouble with pulling the slip stitch through. And the doily I'm trying to finish must have a gazillion picots in the last row too. Ugh. I try to avoid patterns with picots, but this pattern is sneaky...it doesn't mention the word "picot" but the instructions make them up! And of course, I was looking at the overall prettiness of the doily in the leaflet that I didn't pay too much attention to the little knobs in the last row. I tried to do a section or two of the last row without the picots, but I had to admit in the end that the doily really needed them as a "finishing touch". Without them, well, it just looked unfinished...like it was missing something. I even considered putting a bead in instead of the picots, but I really didn't feel like finishing off, stringing the beads and joining again. So, I frogged and proceeded to picot.
And yes, I'm not on schedule with the doily as stated in my previous post. But, stuff happened (what you get when you have two kids and sick relatives), so other things took precedence out of necessity. 'S'ok though. I've contacted my partner to let her know I'll be late and I hope she understands. :)