Finished this about a week ago. It took forever to knit even using the thicker yarn! From looking at the other pics, I think I prefer the look of the suggested yarn. I doubt I'll make another though.
Sorry for the crappy pics!
The decreases only ended up with six points b/c I casted on 96 stitches instead of 128.
This pic shows the rather obvious holes from the increases. Oh well.
Overall I think it turned out okay.