I have finally done it! I have used my Vogue Knitting book, picked up my Brittany DPNs (double-pointed needles) and cast on, wading slowly into knitting in the round. I made a sample swatch first in green acrylic, using a triangle of three needles, with the fourth to work the yarn. I did this with yarn that is not my "good yarn" first, just to make sure I could get the technique correct.
Since that gauging project came out alright, I ventured in further, and cast on this Rowan Cocoon yarn, in [color] Alpine, with a set of five needles. I used bamboo needles for this project, as I find them much less slippery, and much more environmentally friendly than aluminum or plastic needles. I do also have aluminum needles, as they are usually what I find to rescue at thrift stores.
I used a long-tail cast on of 28 stitches, using size 11 needles. I used only knit stitch for this project in an effort to keep it simple. I ended up with my intended finished project, a coffee cozy. I did not have the proper lighting to add a photograph of the finished project yet, but I will add it here later. It is also the right size to use as a wrist warmer, if I chose that purpose.
Here is an earlier wrist warmer that I made with button closure:
Finally, after 1.5 years of knitting, I have overcome my fear of knitting in the round!
I can now continue my journey to knit
socks, sweaters, seamless hats, more coffee cozies, and more!