Yes, it deserves multiple exclamation points, because holy cow, this sweater is going to be hard, and it's almost September already.
Anyway, I cast on today and have thus far managed not to foul up 2 whole rows. I may or may not attempt a third row, but my fingers are sore from clutching the needles (it's a LOT of cabling, holy crap).
I also did a couple rows of the gryffindor scarf, and have a total of 8 stripes (supposedly it's supposed to have 19, but I don't know, I think it's going to be more than that). So I officially have 2 (big) Christmas presents started. Yay!