After swatching on Friday I cast on the central panel on Saturday. The lace pattern is from a stitch library, but it was only given as written directions, so the first thing I had to do was chart it. This wasn't quite as simple as it sounds as the stitch count varies. When I charted it just based upon the written instructions the chart didn't really look like what was coming out in the knitting. After working the pattern for a few repeats I realized what was going on and was able to add in the non-knit stitches in the appropriate places to make the chart look like the knitting. I was pretty well chuffed with myself for figuring it out. My plan is to basically use up the entire skein for the center panel, but in the pattern I'm including directions for adjusting the size and figuring out what you can do with the yarn that you have.
Pattern: Falling Leaves Shrug by Carolyn Blakelock
Yarn: The Unique Sheep Verve in Verdandi
Needle: US 5 (3.75 mm)