"Sanity can be measured by stitches per inch, relative to project size." Chantelle
Welcome to my world of lace and frustration...The pattern I'm working on is straight forward and quick to memorize. The problem is, as always, my swatch told me lies. My swatch was nice and snug and my project is not. The gauge is off, not by much...but off. Being a reasonable person, common sense is telling me to frog it and start over with smaller needles...BUT, but no listen....I think I can get away with the looser gauge on the lace work and if I really have to, drop a quarter to half a mm when I get to the top stockinette stitches....no really, I think it can work. On a happy note, the yarn I'm using is sooooooooo nice. It doesn't look like much on the cone but the more I work with it, the more in love with it I get. It's a blend of natural browns and has a lovely springiness that I wasn't expecting to get from it in a finished knit. It's also much softer than it looks.
The lace is delicate and feminine and I think the sweater will be beautiful. I'm not really a lace knitter, nor do I have much experience using lace weight yarns. Although it's taking forever to do a single round at 396 stitches each, it's been very satisfying to feel the lace grow between my fingers.