This was a mental setback more than anything as I couldn't bear the thought of having to untangle 350 meters of lace weight yarn. So it was packed up and put into a bag where I could forget about it and focus on the Christmas knitting where I turned out three more scarves, a cowl and two pairs of socks.
Then on a long break over Christmas I decided to get this out and see how much damage the dog did. It took just over an hour to wind everything back up and get it all sorted again. I worked away on this for a while and got to the point where I thought "OK, just one and a half more repeats (60 rows) and you'll be done". Except it was two and a half repeats. 100 rows. I don't really know why, but that was crushing. I stopped again and knit another scarf, learning how to add beads while I was at it, and two more pairs of socks. It was about this time that I dubbed the scarf "the Never-Ending Stole" and it was about five minutes after that that I realized that if I never worked on it, of course it would never be done.
So I got it out again and plodded along but found it hard to focus - not a good thing when knitting lace. Frequent breaks were necessary but I'd find myself cruising through Ravelry to see what else I wanted. My company's new office space is considerably cooler than the last location so I wanted fingerless mitts. I went stash diving and found some lovely worsted weight wool that would be perfect and found a pattern that I thought would work well with the yarn.
But that wasn't getting the stole done.
I've never really lost the drive to finish something and I don't really know what the problem was here. It isn't a boring pattern, but neither is it difficult. You do need to pay attention but it's easy enough that you can watch TV without making mistakes. I plodded on with it.
And then, on the second day of spring, it was done. I put it aside until the weekend when I could have good light to do the grafting.
In celebration of the arrival of Spring, I'm called this Spring Celebration Wrap.