I finally got underway with my project having missed the start date due to being on holiday in Scotland.
I have all sorts of issues with gauge whenever I knit so had fun swatching with UK yarns trying to hit the target. In the end I decided to go with some New Lanark Mills DK that I bought whilst in Scotland. The yarn is a silk/wool blend in a colour called Blue John.
I've finished the back and started on a front and so far I'm happy with the project especially as it makes good commuter knitting.