One thing that makes this sweater manageable is the yarn I chose for it. Silky Wool by Elsebeth Lavold. I was able to get enough for the sweater at Web's recent anniversary sale and chose the most lovely earthy colorway for it.
The stitch definition is lovely (I'll attempt to take a picture of a swatch at some point) and it creates a very solid fabric. The yarn is 45% wool, 35% silk, and 20% nylon, which should make for a very comfortable and sturdy garment. I pretty much expected to enjoy this yarn because I have knitted with other yarns from Elsebeth Lavold, including Hempathy (from which I made one of my favorite projects Buttercup by designer Heidi Kirrmaier). So far I haven't had any problems with the yarn, which makes it a good one in my book.
I'm going to try so hard not to lose momentum on this project because it will make a perfect summer lab sweater.