Ok, last week was a bear. But I've been home for a day and got some sleep and new yarn!
The Elann Peruvian Highland Sportwas waiting for me when I got home the other day. I bought it unseen and unfelt which is always a bit of a crapshoot (remember the debacle of the Shine?), and started swatching. I got a nice fabric on US 3s but had to recalculate the Ripple pattern because my gauge is a bit smaller than written. No worries, I'm good at math and own a calculator.
I much prefer knitting with this wool than the cotton blend I'd previously selected. So much so, that I'm thinking this Highland Sport would make a nice choice for a fair isle sweater. That would mean I'd have to finish the worsted weight fair isle cardie I started ages ago (and I still pick up occasionally thanks), but the idea seed has been planted.
This color is called malt heather and is a reddish based warm beige. It's rather pretty and warm in person. When I recalculated the pattern, I used shaping to fit me (rather than the straight up and down-ness that is not me) and may have created too drastic a curve from hip to waist. I think if the curve should be too much, I can fit it to me during the sewing up process and cut off the seam bits that are too curved after reinforcing with the machine. More plastic surgery than steek, if you follow. That's why wool is my friend.
Now back to knitting and Wives and Daughters on Netflix instant watch.