Dealling with Blogger's nonsense has kept me from posting for the last few days. Well, that and work. Work is taking all of my time and energy right now. I'm not stitching, reading or much of anything.
The little back rings are markers for the pattern repeats. I'm going to need a lot more of them before I'm done.
The thin white line through the knitting by the needles is a "life line." It's a line of thread stitched through the stitches on a row where I know it's correct. This way if I make a mistake in the next few rows, I only have to rip back to this point and my stitches will be held by the line for me to try again. I'm going to be using a lot more of them, too.