in the beginning there was the swatch
and the swatch was pretty
but it was not on gauge
nope, this thing on these needles is supposed to be 17 stitches = 4 inches and 24 rows = 4 inches
what I got is 15 stitches and 20 rows
there will be knitting of a second swatch -- a size down
then there will be decisions to make I'm sure -- and the possibility of pattern tweeking
and I didn't have to tweek this pattern the last time -- always a new adventure!