Ya'll are just gonna have to hear all about it because I refuse to do this alone. NativeDavid turned me on to "Knits Men Want" by Bruce Weinstein and I can't agree more with NativeDavid when he says "I love the patterns, the colors he chosse, and the way he handles gauge." Anyway, I went to the LYS in search of the perfect yarn for me -an earthy color but still lively, would go with anything in my wardrobe which is, like most men's wardrobes, mostly navy, OD, and khaki - some black and gray as well as brown. Oh, and lots of white shirts. I'm a little boring.
This is what I found,
Alpaca With a Twist, Baby Tiwst in a kind of nutmeg color, #5003 to be exact. This is my swatch. The lys ladies made me promise to not only make a swatch but to make big swatch and soak and block it. This is $72.00 worth of exqusite yarn - I want to give it every chance. I'm so greatful I made that I made that promise. My guage turned out to be five stitches per inch not the six that I thought it would be on size 3 needles. Not a problem with Mr. Weinstein's book since he has every possibel guage you might possibly need all mapped out in easy to read grids.
I've got the bottom ribbing done on the back side and I've started on all the boring stockentte. It's not bothering me though because I've psyched my self up for a tedious advendure and the baby alpaca is sooooooo cool to knit, if you could spin and knit water this is what it would feel like. More later.