...and I have to step away. I'm heading out of town for a few days, family matters mostly, and hate to put this down. Although it looks like I've only added a few stitches, I have made more progress that I'll share when I return.
A number of people have asked about the solid black that I'm using. Quite a few years ago, Tonya suggested Michael Miller's Jet Black, which is a true, deep black, supposedly dyed in a different way from most darks. In any case, I've used it since, love it and highly recommend!