Finally I have it!
The right yarn for my branching out. It spoke to me, whispered sweet nothings to me, would not let me out of my lys without it. Sooooo, after the Knitting Olympics are over...(or if I can't get gauge!).... I will be casting on finally. Oh forgot to tell you! It's Kid Merino from Crystal Palace in a pale pink close the shade used on Knitty. Can't wait!!!