Hooray! It's finished!
I used a handspun yarn I purchased at Lofty Lou's in Placerville, California and a purple yarn that reminds me of Silky Wool (held two strands together).
I blogged about this vest previously here and here and maybe here where I reference this item as the Placerville Vest.
Thanks for the great video on the bind-off from KNITFreedom.
Here's a picture of some of the ends I had to run in.
And the finished object!