I'm telling you - Laura deserves a raise. Because it took me 2 hours just to knit the base! Seriously people -- two hours!! Of course, when the base finally started taking shape (and I remembered to actually 'count' my rows - duh !) -- the instructions made perfect sense to me. And, after the base was completed, it was just a matter of stitching the ends together, picking up stitches and then knitting round and round for 20 or so rows (there's that silly counting thing again). Most of the knitting beyond the base was done at home and when I finally bound off the stitches, it was time for the fun part of this project.
It is lumpy and a bit bumpy in spots.