This little stash of Columbia-Minerva fingering weight wool has been waiting for the right project. I found it for 50 cents a skein at Lucky's Attic. I love it because it is old, and the history of the one who bought it new maybe twenty years ago is a mystery.
The knitting calmed my mind and once I found my family I stuffed it into my purse and didn't need to pick it up again all night.
This morning I picked up my copy of Nicky Epstein's Knitting Over The Edge for inspiration and finally settled on a bit of lace edging worked sideways called Partridge. After I ripped out all the work I'd done in the car, and cast onto a size 7 circular needle the same sort of thing with extra stitches for this edging, I just started going! After two pattern repeats it looks something like this.