(one sleeve to go)
If I did mess up a small segment, I'd be ripping halfway back until I could get my "bearings" on where I was in the pattern. You can see that I haven't done a whole lot of lace. But at some point I found myself looking at the lace I'd knit and remembering exactly how the stitches took it there. It's like the moment you have as a kid when you're staring at the back of the cereal box during breakfast, like you did every morning, and suddenly you realized you could actually read the words you were staring at. I'm sure most of you are more mindful with your knitting and never had this problem with lace, but to feel confident that I can get my needles back into the work if I do have to rip back a few rows or that I can spot the mistake amid all that mesh is a big step for me. I feel so grown up.