I'm making my Under Toad with Berroco Remix in Strawberry and Plymouth Kudo in 52 Magenta Teal Burgundy. Although the Kudo is a smidge smaller, the yarns look like they were made by the same hand. Remix, made from nylon, cotton, acrylic, silk, and linen recycled fibers, offers the same tweediness as the variegated Kudo, a cotton, rayon, and silk blend.
Now here's the strange thing. I knitted one sleeve and then promptly casted on for the second. When I finished the cuff, I thought it was funny that the new cuff had the same colored stripes as the first. By the time I knitted to the elbow, I realized that the second sleeve matched the first exactly! I didn't even try! What is the statistical likelihood that I would get matching sleeves with zero effort? I'm shocked - all while my anal retentive side prances happily down the street. Symmetry rocks.
I started the back last night. Instead of doing the 2 x 2 rib which would pull the sweater in around my mighty derriere, I created a 5x5 rib. This approach maintains the look of ribbing, eliminates the contracting fabric, and keeps the bottom from rolling up.
My plan is to make this sweater longer and with more ease to wear with jeans. I'm adding waist shaping via vertical darts however. I don't want a baggy sweater; I just want one that's becoming and comfortable to wear.
Meanwhile, I'm also working on my lessons learned for the Laura Petrea. Stay tuned... I'll post my post mortem the next day or two.