Made major progress after the third start was scrapped. Stopped this weekend at the yarn store and picked up a second hank (denser fabric and fuzzier) AND was advised to use a tubular cast on. Those knittyheads are a fine lot. (Thanks, Ms. Mitten!)
Of course, TRY and photograph black sparkly. I'm too inept. Had to show some progress, though. Will be trying to finish it up tonight.