Let it not be said that I don't listen to what people say here. I've taken your advice and ripped the first color chart of the sweater out, out, out! It wasn't speaking to me (not to mention some of you), but in the past, that hasn't stopped me from moving forward. This time it did. I kept the brown border because
I couldn't bear the thought of reknitting all that one by one ribbing I like it, but I ditched the ecru.
In the frogged photo, the ecru doesn't look pink, don't you agree? This was how I was led astray in the first place. With my second choice, I strayed outside of the Lopi selections and purchased Lamb's Pride bulky. The fiber content is slightly different, but it's spun similarly and knits to the same gauge.
And lookie there....I even knit a little swatch to see if the colors play well together. I liked Unmitigated's idea of blue in place of the brown, but that's for my next Icelandic project. I've been thinking I need a maize and blue sweater for next fall's football season.
Just to give you all a clearer idea of what I'm aiming for in a finished product, here's the picture of Elka from the book. Apparently, I'm going to have to improve on my crochet skills as that button band is nothing but crochet. One bridge at a time...