I don't know why I was so nervous about this. After a few false starts, and a moment of hilarity when I realized I was going in the wrong direction, I found my rhythm. The pattern is easy (I'm making the leaf and trellis rectangle on p. 54) but with only 20 stitches per row, it's not too boring.
I started working with two DPNs but switched to a 16" circular (Lantern Moon Destiny in rosewood - love it!). It's much easier to handle and I don't have to worry about a needle flying out of my hand.
I'll post a pic once I get a little further along. Do not fear the knitted-on border. It's fun!