I had 8 coordinating skeins of Cascade 220 in my stash, so I bought a 9th color and casted on. After knitting up the first 4 small squares, I came to some realizations:
1. It's good that I did these for practice, because I need some refining of the picking up stitches technique. I have some gaps where the squares join, and I think it's because I was only picking up one loop of the stitch instead of the whole stitch.
2. The worsted weight yarn will give me a finished width of 18" before blocking, and probably 22-25 after blocking -- which is too wide for a scarf, too narrow for a blanket. And I don't like the fabric to wear as a wrap. Though I used size 10 needles, it still has very little drape. So this is now a practice piece -- I will probably do 2 more of the large squares to refine my techniques.
3. I need to learn to weave in the ends as I go. Mags Kandis posted a link to a tutorial with great photos on the Knitting Daily website. That tutorial is at: http://sockpr0n.blogspot.com/2006/10...-knitting.html
4. This style of knitting is addictive!! I definitely want to make the scarf/wrap now, but I am going to splurge on either Kid Silk Haze or Frog Tree Alpaca sport. However, I am going to make myself finish 2 WIPs before I can buy the yarn and cast on.