At last. This has been done for about two weeks, but I only just got pictures.
Pattern: Dorothea by Elsebeth Lavold, from Designer's Choice, book ten ("The Kashmiri Love Collection"--but let's not go there).
Size: Medium (38.5")
Yarn: Believe it or not, Elsebeth Lavold Chunky Al, the exact yarn called for in the pattern, in color 006. 13 balls, which is what I had in the stash. I ordered two more, thinking I would run out, but the Knitting Goddess loves practical jokes, so I had plenty--and two more balls still en route. Anybody know what to do with two balls of chunky alpaca?
Modifications: Not too many. I lengthened the body by three inches and the sleeves by one inch (a mistake, by the way. They grew a lot after wet blocking. At least my hands won't be cold.) I added waist shaping. And the observant may notice that the collar on my sweater is not the same as the collar in the picture I showed you here (scroll down for a link to the picture on the designer's website). This was not really a modification. It was more an accident. But it works for me, so we'll call it a design choice, 'kay?
Thoughts: The pattern was perfect (despite my not believing this and the resulting "design change" to the collar), and the yarn was just lovely to work with. Very soft and surprisingly drapey, but a little prone to snag, since it's a softly twisted single ply. I don't imagine it will be terribly durable, but it is a pleasure to wear. The only weird thing--and I'm not crazy, several other people have confirmed this--is that the FO picture in the book clearly shows the stitch pattern as a diamond lattice. In reality, it is a square honeycomb pattern. See?
I triple-checked my reading of the instructions, and the designer even calls it a honeycomb pattern. But the picture shows something very different. Odd.