yay! more Illinois people! Have you read about out upcoming gathering??? Check the general forum somewhere in this thread
(you might want to work bvackwards!). I don't *think* I rememberseeing you post there
but if you haven't, check it out! We're meeting this month for a knitapalooza!
About the pattern...hmm.... It looks pretty straightforward.... big needles, chunky yarn. I hate when patterns say "reverse shaping" though (again, this is just me)--I like it better when it's written out, because I'm paranoid and scared of "new" things.