But, in the end, we have passed something that I think we both find more than acceptable.
This is Little Red, and it's super soft, and only so very slightly swingy. Knit in Rowan Lima La Paz on US 9 needles, the edging for the buttons and around the hood are picked up after the sweater is finished, which is a technique I should really consider doing more often--way easier to place buttonholes precisely where you want them.
I had wanted this sweater to be a bit more feminine, but Lima strongly disagreed, so much so that I think this turned out fairly unisex...which is nice. It's not that long (any longer and I think it would have been too girly) and the puffed sleeves and gathered cuffs I wanted were rejected in favor of some light ribbing. Very well then.