I made good progress. I managed to knit 8" of the lace pattern and then I skipped ahead, found another set of needles and a new ball of yarn and knit the boarder that will be grafted to the live sts of the runner. Once I had the boarder knit I couldn't resist trying out the grafting method for garter stitch so I attached a short section and it worked great! There is no seam and it lies nice and flat.
Now to back track and pull out the grafting and continue with the lace pattern for another 10 inches or until I run out of yarn or Christmas arrives; which ever comes first. Here is hoping the grafting unknits as easily as it knit!