I have kept gnawing away at the Annis Shawl. I FINALLY made it through the lace section. It's not perfect (there are probably at least a half-dozen misplaced YO's scattered throughout) but it is good enough for me.
I had to pass on the Nupps as the yarn was just too slithery to hold them together once they were knit and they looked like sad little blobs. The shawl will be better off without them.
I'm now working on the short rows of stocking stitch which is definitely easier and, all going well, I should be wrapping this up in about 27 more rows.
Sometimes it just pays to be persistent!