I swatched! Really, that says it all. I've been dreaming of making this sweater for my husband for a couple of months now. It will be Avast from Fall 2006 Knitty. My husband approved and said it should be made of scratchy wool. I bought merino anyway, but not expensive merino. The color of the picture doesn't show it, but the yarn really is a traditional dark heather gray. What was even better than the fact that I actually knit a swatch is that it came out exactly to gauge. Wow. Now I just need to decide which size to make!