I have already divulged why I'm a bad KAL host elsewhere, but I have made some progress. Pattern has been found and yarn purchased today (now I just need those darned beads...I may borrow a few from J....).
J. has thoughtfully posted below how to get started on our first week's "mission". She'll keep you going each week - she'll be a good leader. Me, I'll be bringing up the rear, but I'll be here all the same.
Happy Hanami Knitting.