A Soapbox and a Convertible

After spending an hour and a half last night trying NOT to throw the laptop out the window, I think we are finally virus free. I'll tell you what, folks: when you're running three virus scanning software programs and you still have 20+ extraneous applications running under your screenname, you know you have a problem. I finally decided to get crazy and manually delete the offending programs out of the computer's registry. This is, of course, extremely risky because if you get it wrong, well. . .let's just say that Best Buy has some great deals on new computers right now. However, apparently I didn't delete anything crucial, because after a complete restart, the thing is running lightning-fast, and none of the previous applications are present. Yay!

So that was my soapbox for the day, here's photos of the completed Convertible:

This is the longshot view.

This thing took forever! I have to say, lace is not my favorite. I'm not a huge fan of charting or counting stitches, unless it's for intarsia. At the very least, it doesn't make for mindless knitting. Give me stockinette, a simple two or three-row stitch pattern, or cabling any day over lace this complicated. Ugh.

Here's the closeup.

I was proud of the way this project turned out; I made the cufflinks out of mother-of-pearl buttons and pink crystals, but unfortunately, wrapped them before I remembered to take a photo. Ooops.

I've only got one "real" project on the needles right now, a Christmas surprise. I might show a tiny glimpse of it here later. You'll notice that the Queue has been shortened considerably, as I've recently decided to focus my energy more onto design work. If things go well there, I might add a few projects back to the list; otherwise, I'm trying to de-stress.

Till next time,


  1. thank you thank you thank you thank you thankyou for subjecting yourself to all that lace! it's woderfully beautiful! i love it! and of course, ladies at work are already asking what you would charge to make them one....

  2. p.s. get yourself a mac! no viruses!

  3. Sounds like it's time to get a Mac :)