You might be able to use the laceweight, but you'll have to swatch the Gloss Lace doubled in order to see if you can get gauge - the pattern calls for 28 stitches per 4" with a sport-weight yarn, and every knitter knits differently. Gloss Fingering Weight in Woodland Sage is the closest color match to Aegean, but it's a deeper, duskier color.
In terms of double-stranding, I think you can do it, but it'll be a little fussier. I'm knitting a sweater right now in doubled Shadow lace yarn, and I find myself having to be extremely careful when I'm dropping down to fix mistakes or picking up stitches.
A friend of mine, who is a much better knitter than I, has volunteered to make me a Fisherman Knit sweater. I'm really excited, but I know I don't want a 100% wool sweater as I will bake in it. However, I've heard that anything other than pure wool will not hold the shape as well. Does anyone have any suggestions on what I could use? I really don't have a huge budget for this, although I know it will be a forever sweater for me. Thanks!
What a great friend! 100% wool is the traditional option, and it's really the springiest, holds-it-shape-the-best option for a cable-knit sweater. But I totally understand the too-warm factor - my first cabled sweater is almost too warm to wear unless I'm shoveling snow. We did have a cabled sweater knit in Comfy for the catalog, and it turned out beautifully. It was lighter in weight, not as warm, and the stitch definition was really nice. Cotton just isn't as springy as wool, though, and garments made with cotton yarn may stretch downward while wearing.
I posted a question on the Pattern Suggestions Page (probably the wrong place for it): I have two balls of Shine yarn left over from my Christmas knitting. What could I use it for? Perhaps a lacey scarf? Any suggestions welcomed. thanks,
Adendum: OK would it be appropriate to use Shine with Crayon. I have a bunch of buttermilk Crayon I was going to use for a sweater for myself, but just can't get into it anymore. I'm thinking of using it for boleros for my granddaughers for ballet. Question: Could I use the Shine in orchid as a trim on the buttermilk crayon since they are both cotton in similar weights?
I think that'd be super cute! What about using the Shine to blanket-stitch around the edge of the little boleros? I'd do a quick swatch to make sure that it doesn't get lost in the fuzzy curls of the Crayon, but I think it's worth a shot!
My end result (pic should be posted on my page my Monday, Jan 12) using one strand of Crayon and one strand of Shine, I cast on and knit three rows (garter stitch), then proceeded to knit the sweater. When the sweater was finished, I picked up stitches around the front of the sweater and around the neck, knit a row, then cast off (looking like 3 rows of stitching). I think the garter stitch is a nice contrast to the smooth soft texture of the Crayon stockinette stitch bolero. Now I just have to weave in the ends and make an I-cord closure for the front. If the Crayon were thicker this probably would not work. The Shine is heavy enough not to get lost in the fuzzy curls of the Crayon.
If you have some spare Crayon, I'd say definitely swatch the two together! Crayon has a tendency to be very 'wide' versus other cotton yarns because it's a boucle. You could easily match the two by playing with needle size and perhaps different stitches; seed stitch and garter stitch are 'wide' stitches, so working your border in something like that would most closely match Crayon's stockinette gauge.
My favourite yarn (so far) is the Cotlin Yarn. I knit sets of seven baby wash cloths and/or bibs (one for each day of the week) and my family, my friends and friends of family and friends of friends just rave over how soft the washcloths are and the fact that these items stay soft even after several washes in the machine. Last year I knit for 6 babies and this year already I have to knit for two expectant mums. I also love the fact that Cotlin is economical in price. I can knit two and a half baby wash cloths with just one ball. The colours are bright and exciting as well. Well done KnitPicks!