I finished it!
In the end I ran out of yarn, so it is a tad bit smaller than the pattern. You can find the details here, if you’re so inclined (and on Ravelry-if not, shoot me an email!). The yarn was leftover from my Cup ‘O Green sweater that I made last year. It was perfect for the pattern and now is happily all gone! Sadly, I did not have the opportunity to actually give this to its recipient yesterday since it was a less-than-stellar evening with the kids. I blame it on two late nights in a row and expect a full recovery today because they were both in bed and asleep a little after 8 o’clock!
As for the other obsession–I had to return it to the library with less than 100 pages left to it, but amazon has promised its delivery this week. Right in time for the semester to begin. Perfect.