Even though I finished row 164 without incident, and I did buy the book, I thought better than to start reading it right away. I'd already dithered away a lot of time worrying unnecessarily about stupid row 164 and after I finished it (did I mention kerfuffle free?), I stepped back a moment to take stock. At about the same time I finished that row, I added the third and final cone of yarn, Louet Gem's, containing 512 yards per cone, and thought I should look at the beginning of the pattern to assess how much was truly remaining.
While I had the feeling that I only had two reasonably easy charts left to knit, and was therefore approaching THE END, as soon as I added that yarn, I realized that while it may feel I'm at the end of things, I'm not. Since the pattern calls for 1,500 yards of fiber, clearly the shawl is only 60% complete.
So I'm bargaining with myself today: if I can finish all of chart G and half of chart H, I can start the new book. If not, I'm stuck with Baldacci until I do. I keep hoping the book will get good, but as long as it isn't, I'm doing more knitting than reading.
On the hunt for 15 more markers that I know I own because I just bought a package of them, I found $40 laying at the bottom of a purse I haven't used since my last vacation in February. Whatever shall I do with such a windfall? I'm thinking another pedicure may be nice.