That was taken last night. The knit-up from the edging is now done. It took two stages of the Giro d'Italia (though I did stop to watch Ivan Basso's spectacular final yesterday), as well as the DVD of Rob Marshall's film "Chicago".
Those little orange things that look like tiny padlocks? Those are neat stitch markers made by the Clover people. What they are marking on the edging are the spots where I needed to pick up eleven stitches rather than ten. The red markers on the needles separate the groups of ten/eleven on each point of the edging.
As for the decision to continue on with the first ball or start a second one, it became obvious once I looked at the edging. I don't know about you, but I have a right side and a wrong side. The difference is really minimal, but enough that I knew I wanted to knit up from end that didn't have a ball of yarn attached, so I decided to start in with a fresh one.
I did get the chart enlarged last week during my hiatus from the knitting world, so that's ready to go once I get through the three plain rows and the eyelet section.
The end of the edging is still sitting on the needle, with the first ball of yarn attached. I suppose I should dig out a stitch holder and break the yarn.
And as I'm writing this, I have this awful, creeping feeling that I would have been better off doing the knit-up the other way. Am I going to regret this when I have to finish the edging at the end? It's been so long since I read the pattern all the way through that I just don't remember.
No, I'm just making up stuff to worry about now, aren't I?
No, don't tell me. I'm not ripping out 865 stitches and starting over. I'll deal with it when I get there. There will be a solution to every problem.