I had to frog my first attempt, because I counted the cast-on stitches wrong. I was disheartened to find that I missed it by only one, but I'm not going to make a huge mistake in the beginning, and then make a bigger one by ignoring it and plugging forward. It's better to pull it all out two rows in, instead of twenty.
So I re-cast, and it took. This is the humble beginnings, the ribbed hem and just a wee bit of the body.
It's already beautiful.