I'm going to try and post my progress to see that I "make" progress.
I wish I had another set of these needles, as then I would immediately cast on for the second cuff, a la the work of Bemused. I have lots of 2.0 mm needles, but they all seem a tiny bit different. This pair is probably Inox, and I'm already bending them. Upon casting on, I immediately had to start over as the first colors I chose barely had an difference in them when combined. So, frog to black for the main background color.