I can't say it enough people. Get some stitch markers, get the closed ring kind, and make sure they are not too big. Use them and your stitch counter! I got some great button, not too Irishy and I think they look really good with purple. (Oh how I wish it was not acrylic but maybe when grad school is over) More about the progress can be found by selecting the purple aran vest links.
School is going well. I am taking two classes this quarter one on library automation and the other on internet information resource design. Loving the web design class. My first project a knitting website of course!