On the subject of the ants, colleagues here think that there are more than usual this year because of the exceptionally wet weather we have been having. Apparently floating a blossom in a glass of water isolates the little beasts. Guess I'll have to admire them outside.
I'm about halfway through the bead lace portion of the pink shawl. I haven't quite decided about the edging yet, but I'm thinking about the Wave Lace pattern from Heirloom Knitting. Love that book.