I swatched last night with the new yarn I got from my lys.
I picked up 7 skeins of Tanis Fiber Arts Green Label Aran Weight yarn in Garnet.
Garnet is not a colour I normally would pick, I usually stick to greens, pinks and blues, but there was something about that colour that I was drawn too.
Anyways, the pattern I finally chose was Amused, in the winter 2008 issue of Knitty.
The gauge on the pattern calls for 16 sts and 24 rows for 4 inches with 5.5mm needles.
I prefer 5.0mm needles at the moment, and surprise surprise got gauge with them. YAY!
I started the crochet cast on last night, got about 20 stitches or so on the needles, and then put it away for the night.
If I manage to get the rest of the cast on onto the needles later today, I plan on using 2 balls of yarn at once. Ball A for the first two rows, ball B next two rows, ball A following two rows, ball B next two rows, repeat for entire project. As I am using hand dyed yarn, if there is slight differences in the dye per skein of yarn I don't want that showing up in the finished garment.