O.K. We're back on track, and then some, this time with a slightly more "sticky" needle which seems to be helping. I'm finding that I exagerate all my movements to make sure that I'm getting both the strands together on each stitch, although it's pretty obvious and easy to fix when I do miss one of them. There have been a handful of setbacks this time around, too. The patterning shows SO much more clearly. Now, it's the fuzziness of the alpaca and the heathered yarn that is obscuring the pattern more than I expected. There's no turning back now though, so we'll just have to wait and see when it's blocked. I can see how a smooth, sportweight merino would change the feel/look of this shawl. It sure is going to be fuzzy and soft, though!
Not much time for cruising blogs, posting, or commenting, or worst of all, returning e-mails these days. I'll try and catch up soon. Thanks for all the encouragement.