I laughed. I may not be laughing for long. Basil is finished in record time and off the needles (pictures are coming after I have blocked my little beauty.) And Martha from Rowan Studio has been cast-on.
So with advise from Wendy and seeing what was out there on Ravelry, there are already modifications being made. Right off the bat both fronts and the back were cast-on together to cut down on the seaming. That makes for a long row of stitches, but I am through the bottom band of patterning and ready to slog into a lot of stockinette. Turn on the autopilot for a bit!