So on the advice of P, I bound off the bit of shawl I had done the other day, blocked it and gave it to her daughter for one of her dolls. Then I restarted the shawl. I am much happier with the way it looks. I breezed through clue 1 and just started clue 2 last night. I'm going to try and work through the pattern. As much as I'd like it to all be pretty and lacy, I decided that I'm not going to drive myself crazy. At the first sign of trouble, I'll rip back to clue 1 and just knit that particular section.