Let me say one thing: I loathe circular needles. LOATHE them. I started this shawl on circs, dropped and mangled stitches for 2 weeks, and finally decided to use straight, plastic, crummy needles. Voila! What a difference!
I still haven't gotten too far. If you look closely, you'll see a mistake. But I'm making better lace progress than I ever did before. Baby steps, right? Baby steps.