My only concern is that my cast on is slightly tight, but I suspect I'll be blocking this out more for length anyway and the width will be fine. If not, in a huge pinch I'd be more inclined to cut the cast on and just replace it than to frog and start over since the rest is fine.
I'm happy with my results, but still reserving judgement on the pattern. People have done some calculations and figured that most of the beading is already done and the rest will be primarily lace, which would be my preference, but if it's mostly beading I'll do it and probably like the finished work but not love it as much as I love lace. I think I prefer beads as an accent than as a design element, but that's just personal taste.
People had warned me about the oiling of the ColourMart yarn, and I'm glad they did; after a few rows, my hands are definitely tacky. I'm assured that final washing does remove all the added oil (which is added because the yarns are originally meant for machine knitting and I guess the hand knit lace market is sort of their remnant market). I know that due to my really bad photography late last night you can't see much of the detail but the yarn and beads are quite nice together and I think once the work is done the beads will show up just enough to be subtle yet well-defined.
I'm a little concerned about the tone of some of the emails on the listserv. There have been some that have come across as rather snippy in answering questions (I don't mean specifically from the designer, but from members) especially when dealing with members who are beginners at lace KALs, and I really personally resent their judgmentalism and attitudes. I know that many of the questions are being asked multiple times and in multiple ways, and I know some of the answers are given in the instructions, but people learn in different ways, and don't process everything at once. I wish some people on the list would be more patient and more understanding about the questions that are coming up. No one makes anyone answer, so if these people are irritated that others don't understand some of the instructions or are flustered, they should just hit delete rather than answer in a negative way.
If anyone's interested though, in being part of a big active group knitting what hopefully will be a beautiful stole, you can still join in--sign ups are open until this Friday at the yahoo group website.