What a difference - you get so use to working with fine yarn, when you go up in weight, it's like knitting with a whole different material.
I'm half way through the bottom band already. If I knit monogomously on this I could probably have it done just a week or two. But I've got long-neglected socks and shawls on the needles that need attention too, so I'm not putting any pressure on myself with this one.
Observant readers will notice that I've already made a modification.
In the original design, the laces sections are actually all done in garter lace. And in the orginal design it looks quite nice. But this yarn isn't as smooth as the original. It has a little bit of a texture. And I found with the texture of the garter as well, it just looked odd.... a little too chunky.
So, with a simple switch to purling the wrong side rows, I've got a slightly smoother look. I think it's going to work out just fine.
As mentioned, I bought this yarn years ago (2007 if I remember correctly) and now with a little bit of knitting experience under my belt, I probably wouldn't buy it again. It's blend of silk, rayon and cotton. Cotton is not my favourite thing to knit with, though the rayon and silk soften it up quite a bit. But though it's not a single ply, it's about a strong as one (not sure if it's just the fibre combo) - one good tug and the yarn just drifts apart.
So the finished garment is going to require some gentle care - but it feels good to using it up at last.