In the meantime I decided to do mess around with some swatching to figure out what yarn I want to use for Glampyre's Simply Knitted Bodice to give me a break from my NSSC and Kyoto.
On the right of the top pic is KP Andean Silk in Sangria. I had bought a single skein to test not just for the Glampyre sweater but possibly for other projects as well. I got gauge w/the size 7 needles for the body, but I had to go down to a size 2 needle to get gauge for the waist portion. Good thing I didn't have to go smaller as size 2 is the smallest size in my Boyes interchangeable set. Unfortunately, there's something in this yarn that's inducing my asthma. I hesitate to say it's the alpaca 'cause I knitted a BO scarf in Plymouth DK baby alpaca with no problems. Can one be sensitive to different forms of alpaca? The KP Andean Silk has superfine alpaca, but I don't know if that means it gives off smaller size particulates that irritate my lungs more. I also have a remainder of a cold so I'm not sure if it's simply getting worse. I need to wait 'til this cold is completely gone and maybe knit the chevron lace portion on the swatch to see if I get a reaction again.
On the top left of the first pic (no flash) & top of the second pic (flash) is Artfibers Kurasawa color #3. I got pattern gauge for the larger needles. Bottom left & bottom of both pics is Artfibers Sherlock color #13. I got 5.5 sts/in on the size 7 needles, so I'll need to go up to size 8 to get pattern gauge. While not as economical as KP, both the Kurasawa ($14 for 131 yd/50 g ball) and Sherlock ($12 for 156 yd/50 g ball) prices aren't too bad. Artfibers also gives you a sliding discount, so I would probably get the 10% off over $100 if I go this route. I still need to re-knit the Sherlock and wash both swatches to see how I like them and if I want to stick to the colors I chose to knit swatches out off.
I also want to swatch up my Brooks Farm Four Play since it's also a silk/wool blend. I only have 2 orphan hanks, so my swatch would be to determine if I want to order more in Black or maybe Brick.