Thanks everyone for the comments to my earlier post thinking about adding more beads. I've decided that I am going to do it, as I love the look of the beads in the knitting, but will swatch and pick the best placement first.
Now time to think aout the yarn. I've decided that I'd like the color to shade as the pattern changes from one end to the other. Going from a deep pink at the basket weave to a soft pink, almost off white at the petal end. Or vice versa. Hmmm... probably vice versa.
I do know how to dye and am comfortable with that idea. I'm assuming that I'll have to dye it after knitting it as I can't think of how to dye a skein so that it morphs from one end to the other. Unless I re-skein it into three or four connected skeins and dip each one after the other.
Hmmm... any dyers out there with better ideas?