Lace, Wabbits and Thanks
In answer to Tora, who asked about how to keep track of the lace chart. Here's what I do.... I, like Tora, use a magnetic board for larger lace pattern repeats. The magnet strip stays at the top of the row I am working, and I highlight each row with a highlighter as I finish it. I also highlight the lines between repeats on the chart and use stitch markers that correspond to the highlighted line. I often count stitches between markers on the purl row when I knit patterns that are not lace on each row. This is all important because I have two smallish kids and a rabbit that is obsessed with me (more on that later). I can always find my way back to where I left off when the kids started yelling. :)
Have any of you had experience grafting lace? I am pretty sure it was absent from the list of things you would all want to learn. Did you find it easy? Difficult? Too frightening to start? ;)
And now for the obsessive rabbit. Since the weather is a little summery these days, I've been wearing shorts. And, um, the Diva seems to like my legs. If I sit down at the dining room table, she runs around my feet and through my legs in figure eights, nips at my ankles and scrabbles at my legs. I cannot get her to stop. I try picking her up (the Toymaker says she just loves me a lot) but she wants up and down and up and down and...you get the idea. I have to wear long pants in the kitchen, and she needs to be put away during meals. If I am walking around the kitchen (she is not allowed to leave the kitchen/dining room), she constantly does figure eights through my legs. I have to shuffle my feet to keep from stepping on her. It is very bizarre. Here is the older son trying to keep her away from me:
but it doesn't last. She didn't even finish her parsley (her favorite food) before she was back. Younger son put out her book - right under my chair. That worked for a little while.
("Mo-oommmmmm, the rabbit ate my homework!") And then she was back.
I hope she gets less obsessive as she gets older.