I have finished the shawl!
Elvis Approves of this shawl.
Yarn: Sweet Sheep BFL superwash. super skein. (about 800 yards)
Needles size: 7
Time to completion: approx a month (project monogamy FTW)
Diameter of shawl: 46 inches
The cast on was a complete and utter pain. After I got it, a friend on Rav, upon hearing of my frustration, told me of a trick used in circular starts with few stitches: cast on with doubled yarn for half the number of stitches and then 'spread' the stitches out. The errata on the project page has NOT been put into the pattern, so please make sure you know where the errata goes!
Otherwise, this is a mindless knit once you get into the repeat section and is very impressive once it is finished.