I think I might try using DPN for the beginning and then once the increase starts getting intense, I'll swap over to the 29 in. cirular needle and knit in the round.
As for her pattern, I got very confused at first when I read it as well because I thought she was talking about size 8 straight needles. Nowhere does she indicate circular needles, but when I emailed her, she told me the entire thing was knitted in the round and that she uses magic loop for almost all of her designs and 40 in long circulars.
I'm going to make my great attempt today and I will post photos as I go along!
Thanks to you all who took at look at my dilemma! I didn't think of DPN until someone mentioned it! Best wishes to you all and thanks again!!!!