In the meanwhile, I decided I could not slack on the gift knitting, even if the lace has to take a break. So I started with Fetching. Over 10,000 knitters can't be wrong--what fun this pattern is. In a few hours you have a lovely fingerless mitt. I made a few minor modifications, but now that I have a feel for it, I may make a few more the next time I do this pattern--next time I hope to make it for myself! I've got one done, but I expect the second will go quickly enough.