I have been plugging along and finally progress has FINALLY been made.
I love the lace more than ever, and I'm glad that I reknit the lace portion.
I added neck ribbing. It hasn't completely ironed out the bump at the top of the lace, but I think that blocking will fix it.
I'm excited though. All I have left is to finish the sleeves and knit about two more inches. And then - finished!