A brief update on the stole. I spent too much of this gorgeous weekend working on it so I could say I made some progress this week. I don't seem to be able to squeeze in as much weeknight knitting as I used to.
The two sides are done! Now, I get to embark on the longest grafting sequence I've ever attempted. Just doing up a toe across 10 or 15 stitches can be pretty unnerving, so who knows what 80 will be like? Just longer, I keep telling myself. That's the only difference. Same thing, just more of it.
I'm a little concerned about maintaining the tension in lace. That's the thing with lace -- it has the opposite of tension. I'll have to remind myself to stay loose in more way than one. In re-reading the pattern, I was pleased to realize that the grafting is done with the live stitches, not using the provisionally cast-on stitches as I'd been assuming. So I get to put off unzipping those crochet stitches for a while, and all the tension that will likely create.