Okay. I figured out my sleeve chart for real yesterday. Rather than taping yet another chart revision on top of the existing revisions, I made copies and used them to make a whole new chart. I figure it was a good use of time and materials as I will eventually have to knit the second sleeve and I'll also be able to use parts of the sleeve chart to make the front/back charts. As I progressed on the knitting, using the original and oft-revised chart, and started working rows in the 100s, they were getting wonky and not lining up horizontally. This time, I taped the whole thing down on a sturdy piece of matboard (which I scored so I could fold it and people could sit near me while I knit, if they wanted), and I left a teensy bit of space between each repeat. It is much easier to read.
Joy. I finally got to the knitting last night and was so close to the cast-offs and the start of the saddle that I just had to get there -- and knit a couple of rows of the saddle for good measure. I "tried it on" (along with a ruler) for all to see and everything seems right. But, uh-oh, what's THAT? Just a couple of rows before the decreases, there are two cables in the main chart that are supposed to be crossed -- and they're not! Oh, the thoughts that jumbled in my mind: how did that happen? is there a problem with my new and improved chart? do I have to rip? can I rip and re-work just those areas? the cast-off edges look so nice and scream "progress"! DAMN!
What would you do? I went to bed. It was hard, but the Practical Vicki won last night (that alarm goes off real early). I need to focus and have patience and that's not usually me past 11 p.m. It was the first thing on my mind when I woke up this morning and let's hope this day flies by because I want to get home and FIX IT (hopefully without ripping).
In other news, there was a box on my doorstep when I arrived home on Tuesday. Some Norwegian Superwash Wool in a color called "Lichen" (dark, dark green) and long (could be longer) DPNs. I had opted for Parcel Post rather than Priority Mail from Elann, since my PayPal balance was limited, and in return for my "patience" and the savings on shipping, I could buy one more skein of yarn. That's what it's all about, huh?
There should be a package from Barnes & Noble arriving any minute. I ordered "The Notebook" for A and, since there's free shipping on orders over $25, ordered a couple of things for myself. Stay tuned on that. And, Crafter's Choice sent me something which reminded me that I had a point balance and I ordered a book from them, too, for only the cost of shipping. Ooooh, I love books!