On the edge

In more ways than one. The children return to school in 22 hours. I have become so completely deranged by the constant presence of this many people in the house that three things have happened.
1. I have begun to feed and house random children from the neighbourhood. Yesterday there were 4 children at dinner, this morning there are four children at breakfast. I have three children. That means that one of these is not mine. I have not investigated this further because whoever the extra kid is….I think they put their plate in the dishwasher. You don’t just walk away from that.
2. I have actually contracted some kind of dread disease ( probably from one of the “free range” neighbourhood children streaming in and out of my home, eating all the food, messing up the kitchen and spreading pestilence). I believe that it may be the common cold. I find it bitterly ironic that I have been stricken in this way the day before I have a reason to live.
3. I have decided that since I feel really, truly crappy, and since Joe does not have a twitch over one eye and a March Break related affliction that I will sit on the couch drinking tea and ignoring the children while swatching the edging for the snowdrop shawl. I’m imagining that it is going to do me a lot of good to watch him suck up his share of “family time”.
What say we all? I did an applied I-cord edge to the top, then (brace yourself) picked up stitches all the way along the two long edges of the swatch. (Not as bad as I thought….about 400) I knit a little bit on those stitches, then settled on an edging. I took a pretty simple eyelet pattern (It had to be simple if I was going to work it out) and combined it with the column pattern from the snowdrop lace. I love knitting lace. I love the way it looks like a puddle of crap until you block it,
and I love how far laceweight yarn goes. That ball there, my little kittens is the first ball. That’s right, I’ve knit this absolutely huge swatch, a whack of I-cord and a whole ton of edge-swatch and I’ve not yet run out. I’ve got nine more balls! I’m the queen of the world! I could make like…..7 shawls or maybe 25 scarves, or a christening dress and 6 shawls or…..One really, really big swatch.
Abby has made me some Buttons. Despite having suffered a tragic sock frogging incident this week, she thought of others. What a nice lady. Steal at will. I’ll put them in the sidebar as soon as I figure out how. I’m especially fond of the Wool-pig, which is obviously not a Harlot specific button.