Here's the progress so far. My hands are like atrophying claws, so I think I'll give it a rest for a bit.
This yarn (have I already said this?) is Jamieson & Smith 2 Ply Jumper Yarn. It's almost impossible to drop a stitch, thank goodness. There are little sproingy barbs all over the yarn that keep it from coming out. If you were going to steek-and-cut something, this would be a good yarn to use - no way it would come unraveled. Even with the sproingy barbs it's not too itchy feeling, but it wouldn't be so good next to the skin I think. Good cardigan yarn. Good xmas stocking yarn.