I am doing this as a favor on commission. The kit was bought for a young girl who just had too much trouble working with these huge needles and big yarn.
I can only work on it 20-30 minutes at a time myself, because I,too, find the sheer size of the needles awkward. Other than that it is an easy pattern and very quick knit. You do get a beautiful throw in just 2-3 hours total knitting time.
I sewed the yarn ends in just to make sure that the throw does not unravel at the dry cleaner’s.