I've finished this project, more or less. I'm getting much faster now, and have picked up little tricks here and there to get the finishes I want. Youtube was a great help at first, learning the very basics. After that, it's been mostly blogs and websites that are generously put up by people who share their techniques on how to do various things, like dolls' hair and head shapes and hands and so on.
I'm very happy with how this one turned out as I really wasn't sure about a few crucial parts.
Made using 100% acrylic dk yarn with a 3.75mm hook. The hair is aran weight 100% acrylic.