Or, as my Auntie used to say. "The proof is in the pudding", which is, in this case, the tatting!
Suzanne , you were so right. I can do better - and indeed did! This is the second piece I tatted. The first one is pictured above, beside the new one and to the right, looking decidedly more lopsided.
My first error was in not using the same thread sizes. I was happy with the colour and was eager to tat the pattern, so I ignored the obvious ramifications of that decision!
Secondly, I did not have the confidence required to get the thing done with any gusto. How else to get panache into one's creations, if there is no zest, no spark, no attention to the little details. After all, to me, that is the challenge of this game called tatting.
The last picture clearly demonstrates why it is important to use the right size thread. All the blocking in the world will not fix it, if it is too big!