The calorimetry are finished. I'm still not sure about the gauge (you can see my gauge trauma here). I checked three times, and finally went with the size 9 needle, resulting in an enormous piece. I did E's with 88 stitches cast on (size 9 needles), doing short rows until there were 26 stitches on each side. I then ripped mine out and reknit it on size 8 needles. It's still pretty big. I'm thinking fewer stitches may be the way to go, but we are pretty happy with the finished products:
I need to dig through my bag to find the yarn information.