Thanks, Mulderknitter! I so rarely work with the ndls/yarn recommended for a project, or when designing my own, that it's gotten easier to adjust gauge. But there were some sqs that took several starts to achieve the width I wanted. The upside to doing sqs is you're only ripping out a handful of sts. They work up so quickly it felt almost mindless at times.
Who lived in Mpls area for many decades! I hear your temps have finally cooled off.