It turns out I had just the right shank button in my vintage tub. Perfect.
I've never done a top-down pattern before and *really* liked not having to sewing it all together. When I was done knitting, I was done! I took this to work yesterday and showed a few coworkers who also knit or sew or craft. The unanimous response was to get a pained look on their face and say, "Oohhhh... it's sooo cute!" We always like things that are small scale, but it is sweet, and sooo soft. :)
And of course the Dbl Four Strippy. It feels huge; a queen after all, but when we tacked it to the side of the house, it didn't seem that big.
I'm not exactly resting on my laurels, but I'm pretty happy.