It would seem that all hope is not lost, Kittens! Behold! I'm about half-way through the body of the cardigan and will likely get a few more inches done tonight.
I have been knitting All. Day. Long. The children have been bribed with jelly beans and Blue's Clues to make this happen, but it's happening. One more good long day like today and I'll be finished. The body is the hard part; I plan to have rather short sleeves in the spirit of the original Shalom. Mine will be more versatile and wearable, imho. It's going to be a great layering piece and wearable in many types of weather...even in Texas (early spring and late fall, anyway and there's always movie theaters and other indoor venues that are chilly).
I have until 1:59:59am Monday morning to have this wrapped up in time for the Ravelympics. I just might make it.