I decided to knit the waist ribbing, then start crocheting from there on up. Now comes the challenge of armholes.
But what does this have to do with Japanese crochet you ask? Well, in an initial effort to find a lacy-er pattern for the body, I kept coming across some Japanese tops and sweaters and ended up ordering three books directly from Japan on eBay! Now I don't think I'm breaking the rules -- I'm not supposed to be buying more yarn; I didn't say anything about not buying books :-). Besides, I have a lot of DK weight yarn, and I have a feeling that these books are going to help me use it up.
Mom also is reminding me that I owe her a vest (thankfully, she is slowly but surely recovering, and that memory sure is intact!) so reviving that plan is probably going to be Project 3.