Ok..........approximately FIVE months later, here it is.
Materials: yarn - KnitPicks Shadow, Oregon Coast Heather---less than 2 skeins, copper/gold/pewter/purple seed beads (I forgot the actual name!) and size 3 (3.25mm) KP circular.
I'm glad it's done; I stalled out last year after finding out the "mystery"--asymmetrical wasn't my thing. But I wanted to finish it as originally designed. I chose to knit with a smaller size needle than the pattern called for; I just like it better. Of course, it means the finished item is smaller. After blocking it is 65.5 inches tip to tip and 16 inches wide. I love the beading technique (which you can't see---sorry) and now feel free to add it to anything else in the future.