I finally managed to spin the yarn I was hoping for to make my sweater. Thank you all for your comments on my efforts. I'm sure if I were sensible I would start with a smaller project, but I tend to be a bit grandiose in my goals, and it usually works for me.
To tell you the truth, I'm not sure whether this is what I originally pictured, or just what I've decided I can manage, but either way I'm pleased with the colors and texture. I'm planning a simple, boxy sort of pullover that will highlight the yarn rather than the pattern. I imagine a sort of throw-it-on-with-jeans, rustic kind of thing, so perfection is not really important for this project. I did promise the single skein of three-ply to my little fiberhead (my seven-year-old son), so I'll be using all two-ply, which is mostly the same gauge.
In other news, look!
I have finally moved beyond the endless yarn-overs and into the much more interesting edging of Icarus. For those who are counting, I'm down to 38 rows. Desperation seems to have added speed to my fingers, and I am, as suggested, "knitting like the wind." I may even have found a new favorite knitting spot. My ten-year-old had a music lesson Saturday morning, and as it was raining (for the first time in 151 days), I sat in the car with a good CD and knitted while the rain pattered on the roof. It was 45 minutes of utter bliss. Unfortunately, it only rains here once in a blue moon, and the likelihood of it happening at a time when I am waiting in the car is practically nil, so I won't be giving up my butt groove anytime soon.
And just in case you're wondering, this is what Icarus is draped over:
Check out the cool light-and-shadow shot: