As you can see below, I've acquired some lovely Gedifra Fiocco Oro in a blue/green mix with gold thread running through. It positively glistens, which is what attracted me. It's mostly cotton with some synthetic fibres for lustre. It's thick, soft and a bit stretchy.
When I got home with my yarn and looked up Gedifra online, I was delighted to discover a pattern for Fiocco yarn was already in my collection. It's a jumper with quite simple, abstract-looking horizontal cables. I didn't look at the stuff about cables when I bought the pattern, I just liked the jumper. Now I have the right yarn, I can try and make it - so now I have the fun and the challenge of learning to do cables: something I avoided for a long time.
The big, loose knitting at the back is my first try at cables, using the recommended 6mm needles. I knit too loosely and the stitches are hanging about like teenagers outside a chip shop.
The bit of knitting at the front is where I switched to 4.5mm needles and deliberately knitting a bit tighter. I'm optimistic that this is going to work a bit better.
I'm fully aware that this is a variegated coloured yarn which may obscure the cable pattern. Yarn and pattern might not be right for each other, in the end. But at least it will give me a chance to get to know the both, so I can match them up perfectly next time. We'll see how it goes.