Since this design was published The Fibre Co. has introduced a new yarn called Cumbria, same gauge as the Terra, but less dense, and since it has less precious fiber, less expensive. I'm knitting my sweater out of Cumbria. it feels great in my hands.
I'll be making a few minor changes to customize my Akita to my personal tastes. So far:
1. I'm knitting the size to fit bust 46, even though I am closer to 42". I like my sweaters roomy.
2. I decided to make the neck higher – good for nestling my chin in as I pound away on my computer. You have to add to the neck in 16 row repeats, so my collar is 16 rows longer than the original (about 2 1/2" longer).
3. I cast on with an alternating cable cast on, which gives a rounded 1/1 rib edge. It looks a floppy now, but I know it will block beautifully.
The beginning of my Akita: