I actually did the Catkin swatch exactly as directed. The result: my swatch is a teeny bit oversized, but going down a needle size would make it too tight. I'll just try to knit a bit more tightly. Except - not while I'm knitting the "catkin" -- the almost-circular section. I need to strand a bit more loosely there, to prevent the pucker
Colorwise -- I love this!
P.S. I'm pretty sure I said I was finishing the Hedgerow socks before I began anything else, but then I remembered that I'm going to be traveling next week, and the socks will be perfect travel knitting. Therefore, I was forced to begin Catkin!