I take back everything, well, almost everything I said about this swatch last week. I switched to a US 7, adjusted the pattern so that most of the action rows involve knit stitches instead of purls, and it went swimmingly. Except for the yarn which would be great for its intended use of socks; it’s not as soft as I would like and judging from the sweater that I used it to make last year along with another sock yarn, it’s not going to soften up with wear/use. Most of this was knit in the car on Saturday; I had a headache and was feeling barfy on the way home, so no car knitting for me on Sunday.
The pattern, the important part, is starting to speak to me again which is a good thing. Most of my designs have been me just fooling around with yarn; this is the first time I started with an inspiration picture instead of the foggy idea of an FO that’s gradually is clarified. Now I just need to add the beginning and end to the scarf (cowl?) and clean up the edges. This is starting to feel fun & good again, what it should be, instead of like drudgery and work.