The swatch habit has really slipped of late. The yarn I'm using has a wacky gauge listed on the label (3.5 stitches and 4.75 rows per inch on a US10). I need to figure out my gauge on US7s, and double-check if the yarn likes to be knit on a much smaller needle than the label indicates. Maybe this yarn needs a US10. I don't think so, but it's best to be sure before starting the sweater.
As I suspected, a US10 would have been much too large of a needle to be using for what looks like a worsted-weight yarn. Can I just say that I love these two colorways together? [Neither is well represented in the above photo.] The combination is so cheery, yet so autumnal. I think that it'll be perfect for Kate.