After a bit of contemplation I decided to rip out the Embossed Leaves sock. It had nothing to do with the pattern (which is lovely)... and had everything to do with my sock-knitting skills.
You see, these socks were slated as a gift to my SIL... who has a different size foot than my own. I was constantly questioning the knitting and the sizing and whether it would fit her or not. The last thing I wanted to do was give her a gift that did not fit! And this was, not so surprisingly, causing me a lot of stress.
And, honestly, I'm stressed enough with the quickly approaching Christmas deadline and my crazy- busy job (which may require working additional hours in the near future due to the recent release of a huge project).
So, after the contemplation, I ripped out the sock and started the Falling Water Lace Scarf. (pdf link). I am using the same loverly yarn (yes, the cashmere!), and the scarf is turning out beautifully thus far:
Here is just two repeats of the lace pattern. Using the scale and applying some math, I'm estimating that I will get a total of 36 repeats for a total length of about 76". I don't plan on aggressively blocking the scarf as I like how it is looking just as it is. The width is at about five and a half inches, so I may block it more width-wise than length-wise, and will probably end up with it being a bit shorter than the 76" estimate.
I'm much happier with the result of the scarf, and it is causing me no stress at all!