You can open your eyes now. The knitting horror show is over.
Yesterday, when I got home from a guild meeting, I was too tired to summon up the necessary brain power to tackle the scary holes in the Feather and Fan Shawl. This morning I fiddled around doing this and that....anything to put off the inevitable. When it could be postponed no more, I got myself set up.
I gathered all the necessary tools. A pillow covered in a plain white cloth (the better to see the dark yarn), the shawl itself, the pattern, the knitting needles, a couple of crochet hooks, a few skewers in case I needed extra "hands", the leftover yarn (in case some sort of grafting was necessary) and the tea. Tension Tamer tea!
After a few deep breaths I sat down and, starting with the largest hole, which happened to be the one closest to the edge, I counted down and found my place on the chart. Looking very, VERY closely at the work, and then the chart, back and forth, back and forth, I made a startling discovery. There were NO dropped stitches. I repeat, there were NO dropped stitches. Sure there were HOLES, but they were ALL caused by pulled threads. It was a simple matter of working the excess yarn back outward through the stitches until there were no loose stitches. The whole job, from brewing the tea to finishing the tidying up of the last hole took less than 30 minutes!
I'm so relieved I could just cry!
And here we have the finished results. This WAS where the largest, most frightening hole was located.