I Love It!!
Drumroll please... I've finally finished my sweater and I love it! I was concerned about how the yarn stripes differently on the sleeves than on the body but it works for me. I added a few rows to the neckline so it doesn't hang off my shoulders.
Also a finishing tip, rather than seaming the body and sleeves at the end, I used the hem technique from Alison's Nothing but a Tshirt pattern. For example, on the lower body - knit 5 rounds, purl 1 round, knit 5 rounds. On round 6, fold work over on the turning row towards the inside and knit next row together with cast on edge. Viola - no seaming.
I still have to rinse the sweater in fabric softener as Noro yarn tends to irritate my skin. And, of course it's too hot in LA to wear wool right now but that's fine with me. My Hourglass sweater is done and I'm happy :-)