What is a doily?
The Google dictionary defines it as - An ornamental mat, typically made of lace and placed under decorative objects. It is a small ornamental piece of lace or linen or paper used to protect a surface from scratches by hard objects such as vases or bowls.
I would start following instructions to crochet a certain design and would always goof up somewhere in between. I'd then just rack my head and wonder how to get across the hitch. Giving up way too easily, I'd just keep crocheting to see what new design I could come up with. Some of these doilies were invented thus! Have a look...
Aren't they pretty? :)