Last night, I finally finished a sample/project I started less than three years ago:
It is a paramecium doily.
How did that happen, you may ask.
I had some variegated embroidery floss I was itching to use. I looked about for a scrap of cloth, and lo, there was a scrap of blue linen a clever friend had used as giftwrap. The scrap of linen was vaguely reminiscent of a paisley, and I think paisleys are like paramecia. Obvious, yes?
The really time-consuming part was the obsessive needle-lace buttonholing around the edge. Around and around and around...