Thanks to all who posted words of sympathy and encouragement. (Not to mention offers of chocolate and booze!) Things are much better now. I found myself some yarn that is much better suited to the project, and which is a lot easier to work with. Don't get me wrong - the Sea Silk is dead sexy - this stole just wasn't its destiny.
Also, I found someone in my Rav group to help me figure out how to carry the yarn when I switch skeins...(thanks, Damselfly!) Now I can do the thing properly, and not worry about weird things happening with colour changes, working from 3 skeins of variegated yarn.
I survived the madness of the belated boxing day sale at our LYS...yikes! It was a madhouse, and then some. Enough that I may pass on the next one. Which says something! Photos of chaos (and pretty yarn, and my sassy new knitting bag) to follow soon...
Hopefully I'll get the new stole started tonight, and post pics of that, too.