I've started at last! The wool is Jaggerspun's Heather (3/8 doubled to be about 10 ply), in Agate. It's such gorgeous wool. I've long loved this pattern, and Eunny's cable tutorial helped me understand how to write out the pattern. And how to understand cabling altogether. Great tute! Yay for Eunny!
I figure that a poncho is perfect for cold New York. Over a cardigan, over a shirt, over a jacket and under two big, warm wraps. I hope. I saw a brilliant recipe (pattern) for tights too, but there's not really enough time... I've done the wrist warmers though.