I have decided against the two ply brown wool, and am knitting ms3 in a black bamboo, Ornaghi from Italy. It may not block out to a large size, but it does drape nicely. The beads are a glass metallic looking bead that is dark, but shines green or blue or red or silver, in a subdued way. I’ll post a picture when I get a good one. Still on the end of clue 1; work load has been ugly.