I just pulled a little on one side of the shawl - I was actually evening out the stitches along the lifeline that I had run a few rows back, the pink yarn was not even ( It's gotta be even right?) - and not watching the other side, out of sight out of mind and all that, picked up the ends and there were about 6 stitches sitting in mid air. I started to panic, my heart fell, but then I calmly and shakily slid the needle back through the visible stitches. I think I should have counted them then but didn't, anyway I counted them about 4 rows on and discovered 1 stitch missing. Where did it go, I thought I got them all?? On looking closer there was a bit of a loop sticking out about 4 rows down, this has to be it right?
Executive decision was made, yep that's a stitch. So I hooked it back up best I could, looks okay.
Counted stitches and now the count was correct. The only tell tale sign is that the big, ugly holes in the middle went wonky about 4 rows down (well that is now 14 rows down, nup, can't stop gotta keep going) It's toward the bottom of the shawl so it shouldn't be seen too easily. Anyway I'll wear it around non knitters and they'll never know. And I just know the first time I wear it I'll get it caught on something stupid like the fridge door and pull a thread. My luck is like that :)
It is getting better to knit as I go along, but I really have to concentrate on the stitches - every single one of them. And I thought socks were hard, can't wait to knit another pair.
Here is a picture: