One week after original posting below: decided Italian blend was too fuzzy and just a tad bit thicker with a dark blend through each strand, so gave in and ordered the Kidsilk Haze needed. Rowan certainly has gotten a gold mine from all of us through this particular pattern. So it's back to working on those WIPS ... and learning how to do glove fingers without getting bored to death.
I'm using Kidsilk Haze, Douceur et Soie, and Italian mohair for this pattern. The colors will be slightly different, but I'm looking forward to having this on my shoulders this winter.