I attempted my Traveling Woman again last night. I even pulled out my chart keeper and its fancy magnets to keep everything straight. I very, very carefully knit Row 5. Things seemed fine. Back across Row 6--things were still matching up. I looked at the clock and thought, "I have plenty of time to do rows 7 and 8!" and started Row 7.
Immediately things seemed amiss. I carefully counted my stitches, double-checked the pattern...but my purls weren't lining up. Instead of trusting my knitter's instincts and checking the chart (I've been following the written instructions--its easier on my brain), I plowed ahead, assuming it was just how the pattern was. Got to the end, where I was supposed to have 8 stitches left...and only had 7. Panic. Anger! Then I realized what I'd done: I'd forgotten to do a yarn over before the last two stitches of Row 6. That's why I was a stitch off and a stitch short. ARGH.
So now I'm in the process of tinking back Row 7.
For the record, the entire stockinette portion of this shawl has you use stitch markers at either end, to keep that yo k2 (or k2 yo depending on the end) straight, but when you start the lace section there is NO MENTION of the markers! The stockinette instructions had always had instructions to slip the marker, but there wasn't any sign of it in the lace instructions, so I assumed I was to remove them.
I am totally putting them back so that I don't have another airhead moment and forget to yarn over!