I started a few days ago, and am halfway done with one side so far. Its going well - I started with a few questions about the pattern but I think I figured them out. Specifically, the loop stitch was really hard & tedious until I stopped doing it the way the pattern says and started doing it Amy's way (in her video). That works so much better! I let the yarn for the loop slide down to my fingertip (right thumb), which I pressed against the right needle so the yarn didn't slide all the way off - this made slightly smaller loops, which seemed to look better (& used less yarn).
Unfortunately, I think I'm going to be using at least 150 more yards than the pattern says, maybe because the weight of my yarn is slightly different (chunky vs. bulky), although I've been told that shouldn't affect yardage. My gauge is correct, & I also altered the pattern to be slightly smaller, casting on 2 less stitches & adjusting the rest of the pattern accordingly, so if anything I should be using less yarn. I was in a bit of a panic :shock: for a couple days until I found more of my yarn, since the original YS was out & the first 15 places I called didn't carry that style at all. Its a different lot number, but the color looks the same (whew :oops: ). My yarn is Classic Elite, Two-Two (chunky wool).
I've also noticed the strange phenomena discussed in the thread What the heck? , where one side of the V's in stockinette are not slanted but almost vertical. It's the first time I've experienced this, and I heard it happens with certain yarns, but I'm not concerned - vertical lines will only make it more flattering!