after many needle changes and yarn changes i found the right combinations. here is my completed "peruian cusco wrap" as modeled by my punk rock daughter.
pattern: elann peruvian cuzco wrap minus the cuzco
yarn: started with moda dea tootsie, but i couldn't "see" the stitches well, finished product has hand dyed chunky wool, green tea colorway from see jayne knits yarns... jayne has wonderful colorways and she is a peach to work with. very accommodating.
needles used: #15 clover bamboo needles.... inexpensive and warm
thats it. i love the wrap, and even got to wear it on a trip to the garden stand, as we had a really cool weekend here in Vermont.
thank you to everyone here, great shawls. thank you to lisa for setting up this shawl-a-long. and a big thank you to joan, for knowing just how hard to nudge me.