Thanks for all your comments and helpful suggestions regarding a sweater for the husband! After much discussion, I have a much better understanding of his desires in a sweater. First, he doesn't want anything that zips or buttons in the front (that eliminates a lot of the great sweaters you suggested, unfortunately). He says he has sweatshirts that serve that purpose, and he wants something more dressy he can wear to work. I am borrowing a booklet of men's patterns from someone in my knitting group that may just fit the bill (Thanks Zona!). I've decided that a good yarn choice might be Brown Sheep cotton fleece. It shouldn't be too warm and woolly for southern California, yet it hopefully won't sag and stretch like 100% cotton.
In other news, I received my swap package for the Potholder/Recipe Swap! A big thanks to Katy from Sherlock Knits for making these lovely knit potholders! I love the springy colors.
I may be joining another swap, if I can find some time in my busy semester schedule. My good friend Anne of Crafty Diversions, along with Zona, is hosting a fabulous fiber dying themed swap. Its called Dye-No-Mite and you can check out the details here. Happy swapping!