Silk and Cashmere Sampler Stole

I actually finished this in December, but because we were out of town, I could not block it until last night.  It was difficult to wait, but completely worth it.  This is probably the neatest thing I have ever knitted.

It's the Sampler Stole from A Gathering of Lace.  I picked a different edging.  As usual, I used something from Sharon Miller's Heirloom Knitting book.  

I like the pattern, but I don't understand why those stitches are floating there between the big diamonds.  It looks sloppy to me.

Above is the middle section, and my favorite.  I only knitted 3 repeats of it.  I've seen on Ravelry that these turn out really long, so I cut that section short.