I have to say this sounds like a fun group. I appreciate the invite! I'm glad to see that several of us don't have our yarn yet. I thought I had the yarn, but I couldn't get gauge with what I had. This Saturday, I'm going to my lys to shop around, and will bring the pattern with me.
I have a couple of questions, and would love to read your opinions. First, variegated or not? I'd love to use a pretty variegated yarn, that doesn't have major pooling issues--any suggestions? Second, what about using something different for the button band/collar? I'm thinking either a complementary color of the same yarn, like a solid if the main yarn is variegated, or perhaps a different yarn altogether. Would a different button band draw attention away from the pattern details?