I started over today, and things went OH so much better. It's amazing how one good night's sleep following an earnest day's practice helps to work the bugs out of a process.
About half way through the day I had one pattern repeat.
All 192 stitches intact.
Only a few minor problems here and there, and LO I was able to actually fix them when they cropped up.
Even the time I yanked two stitches off the needle and they went down two whole rows, I totally fixed it.
I was also able to locate and fix one YO I had left out even though I was on the next row. yaay me!
Of course I'm still using my stitch markers and have my life line on the last row of the last repeat. (I learned that to be totally vital when I did the Saxon Braid scarf back in the early days before I discovered natural fibers)
Tonight, I have two whole pattern repeats! I know this is a tad blurry, but it really was the only one that showed the lacework at all. The others are prettier to look at, but you don't know what you're looking at. =) Daylight is always better, as we all know. You get the general idea, though.
I'm totally psyched and I totally hope this yarn cake's yardage will give me a decent length. I'm not in the mood to drive to Dallas.
I'll try to remember to take photos of the hats in the daylight tomorrow. My camera has issues distinguishing purple from blue - very annoying.
See y'all soon =)