Thanks for the support and great ideas. It was PAINFUL
and took two tries before I was able to get a straight row on the smaller needle. There are about 170 stitches to a row so it was tough to read and catch the right loop all the way across! I ended up frogging about 4 or 5 rows. As slow as I am, that's probably a couple of hours to get back to where I was. Beats the heck out of frogging the whole thing and starting over, for sure.
Lifeline is now in place and all the stitches have been knit back onto the correct size needle.
I learned a lot and DH learned that even nice Southern Ladies can teach an old sailor a thing or two about creative use of language
LESSON: Knitting is much like working with a computer. You can get yourself into really frustrating situations if you don't set a "restore point". Never knit further from your lifeline than you're prepared to frog.
Living life with an attitude of gratitude.