I got some gorgeous new yarn from Sandra Singh last week and even though I promised myself I wouldn't cast on for this design until I had some in-progress stuff finished, well . . . see above. The yarn was just demanding to be knit! The yarn, Madelinetosh's Tosh Merino Light, has a really interesting texture. It's a single-ply yarn that has some uneven bits in it, but the variation is really subtle and doesn't affect gauge at all. This color is a wonderful mushroom shade that looks gray or brown or even purple depending on when you look at it. I'm doing the two-row-jog just to be safe, but the three skeins I bought are remarkably similar so it's probably overkill on my part.
The swatch I knit and washed came out soft, drapey, and light: perfect for the fluid vest design I've got sketched out! What you see above is about 10" worth of the back, which is whipping out incredibly quickly considering I only started this on Saturday and it's knit on size 4 needles at 6 stitches to the inch . . . apparently I knit faster at this gauge than at thicker gauges, otherwise there's no explaining this amount of progress in only a few days, especially considering that I don't leave work until after 7pm every day . . .