I'm glad to see there's still interest in this sweater. I've been wearing mine almost everyday since I finished it. I'ts plenty warm if the temperature is above freezing.
Anway, since I finished it, I've discovered http://www.techknitting.blogspot.com/ . She has wonderful information on lots of knitting subjects, and very helpful advice on color work. Her May 12,2007 entry discusses multiple colors in a technique that looks very easy. I wish I'd read it before I struggled with the rose pattern.
I'll be following your progress.....and where is everybody else? How about some photos of completed sweaters?