Thanks to the wonderful support of Jennifer and Mom I sucked it up and pulled back 16 rows. There is no way I could unknit that much so I pulled out the needles and slowly pulled out row after row winding up the yarn every 4 rows so I didn't have a tangled mess. Then as I pulled out the last row I followed behind with some scrap yarn on a needle and picked up the stitches as I went. If only I'd had a life line! Then I figured out the problem and re-knit those 16 rows but not without incident. More than a few times I realized I'd made other mistakes and had to un-do a row or two (or three). It has been quite a frustrating weekend of knitting and after many, many hours I am now about 20 rows in to Hint #2. Problem is that leaves 64 rows to do between now and Friday and given it's back to work in the morning I think I'll be falling behind. Stay tuned for the continuing saga of Survival of the Stole. Will the Stole survive or will it be voted off the island?
On a happier note I share with you my orchid which bloomed in my kitchen window. I love orchids but I can almost never get them to bloom a second time. However this little beauty bestowed three gorgeous blossoms on me and I'm just tickled pink about it.