I hope noone minds if I get in on this thread, but it touches on a couple of things I have been thinking about lately.
I too have been looking for cooler yarn substitutes. And this made me excited:
-or- believe it or not, a laceweight wool knit on larger needles. Wool knit up that way will wick away moisture and keep you quite cool and comfortable.
as I happen to have some skeins of Malabrigo lace lying around.
I have started knitting swatches, but I am finding it difficult to get the right gauge - the swatches tend to come out very long and narrow, so when I meet my row gauge, I am low on stitches, but when I move up in needle size and meet my stitch count, my row count is way over. Any pointers for fixing this? Or will it even out some in blocking? (I am completely new to working with laceweight yarn).
Also, I wonder if substituting laceweight yarn would work for ribbing?