These are the hardest things I have ever knit.
Well, maybe getting the "Feather and Fan Shawl" from "A Gathering Of Lace" started was equally difficult.
I have so much trouble starting a circular item in the middle! It's not that I don't understand what needs to be done, it's the Fiddliness Factor. All those points flying about for so few stitches! These little heads (were you wondering what they were?) start off with just 9 stitches. That's just 3 per needle. Just when you think all is going well a needle falls out or twists around backward.
Normally I knit circularly using one long circular and the Magic Loop technique. Didn't work for this. I then tried wooden skewers. Nope. I finally broke down and bought a set of double points. With those, and a diagram I drew for myself showing the placement of the increases on each needle, I was well on my way. The second and third heads took less time together than the first one did.
After I get a couple more bodies done I'll be able to show you what I'm up to. Oh...and wings. Did I mention wings?