Wow! I can see why you said you haven't posted in a while! Since you were working on this beast! I LOVE it. I have the pattern saved, but I'm too scared to start doing it because of the time length and the possibility of messing up.
i did mess up! i had to start over twice. once because i started from the middle trying to work my way out and miss counted (wine+counting stitches = baad idea lol) and the second time because the entire piece of fabric i was working with was too small! im pretty sure the only reason why i finished it is because i am that stubborn