The dense fog has been lifting, and while a mist is still with me, it seems I've entered a clearing. There has been some back and forth knitting, a bit of tinking, and much careful reading of the pattern, but there is now visible progress.
The correct right front has been completed, with the waist shaping in the right place, the armscye correctly executed, and the neck shaping remembered. (whew!) It looks "right" and I am very pleased, as this is the second time it's been knit. Everything about the first time was wrong (you know how it is, right?). Sadly it was then knit, and then reknit, up to the armscye. Why didn't I learn the first time (or the second)? The third time turned out to be the charm (or was it the fourth?).
While comparing notes, albeit a little late, and looking over the already finished back, I realized there needed to be an adjustment...so, that's where Sprössling sits, the back shoulder shaping being reknit, but each one of us ready to move forward.
Props must be given to Kim's fabulous Kashmir yarn. It was knit into another sweater, frogged, and then soaked to remove the kinks. The yarn looked like new and it is now holding up very well to my knitting, ripping and knitting again. The yarn is so soft it's amazing how tough it is, too.
The pattern is well laid out, perfectly written, with a simple, easy to read chart for the lace. This begs the question (sorry Norma, I just had to), why was my brain unable to understand the instructions? Why couldn't I decipher the pattern properly? In any case, a light came through the fog and I can see clearly now. The second (left) front should move along more smoothly. I won't say easily, as I know are pitfalls ahead, if I can remember where they are.