Step 1: Assess the situation
Step 2: Gather all required materials
Step 3: Very carefully pull out the insides to get to the problem area
Step 4: Fix the problem and prepare to stitch everything back up
Step 5: Leave patient to rest for a day or two
Well, it turns out an entire leaf was missing all due to one dropped stitch. I ripped the border back to that spot and then laddered down to where I knew, or at least kind of thought, I had all the correct stitches and some sort of idea of how to fix the problem. I don't have any dropped stitches anymore, but it still looks like there's a giant hole in the lace. Everything is way too loose, especially up by the needle where there are supposed to be four rows of garter stitch. Any ideas as to why this is? I haven't a clue.
I did some spinning therapy yesterday. Aren't those colors pretty?
I also swatched for a sweater. I need to move up a needle size. More on that if this shawl every gets finished.
Thanks everyone for your kind words and suggestions and sympathy! I had a bit of a panic.