I made great progress with my Carmel road trip knitting project. The Classic Elite Provence yarn is a dream to work with, as it is 100 percent Egyptian cotton and yields great stitch definition. I haven't had a problem with "splitting" either, which has always been a problem for me with other cotton yarns.
Here's an in-progress shot (I wasn't really knitting in that position --- just wanted to get that ocean view in the photo). The red is really stunning --- a serious blood red.
In the spirit of road knitting, I decided to keep the design simple, and just began with a 2x2 rib for the hem band and stockinette for the body. The body is worked straight with no side seam or internal dart shaping. We'll see how it turns out!