Well, my Monday's enthusiasm for pirates has waned into Sunday's tears. This morning I was doing decreases, on the home stretch, when I found a really weird discrepancy. I had nine stitches on the palm, and 13 on the back. I investigated further, and discovered that instead of 48 stitches, I'd cast on 44. HUH? I must have been having a moment of insanity. The reason this went undetected so long is that the palm pattern doesn't require counting or charting. I could easily knit it happily, and it looked just perfect, all the while, being sneakily 4 stitches shy. Hello, frog pond.