On the same thought process as tdorminey, I measure out 12 inches, tie a piece of scrap yarn at that point and see how many stitches that will get me. Then I can calculate if I have enough to finish the current row. That is also how I figure out how much yarn I will need for a long-tail cast on. It works for me.
Chiagoo needles have been my favorite for many years but I recently bought a pair of Prym Ergonomics and I really liked them. Cable is flexible, join very smooth and needles have a slight bulb (not sure that is the right word for it) on the tip that helps hook the yarn and keep it on the needle.
My husband likes to wind yarn. He does it in the evening while watching tv. He went to a LYS with me while on vacation last month and bought three times as much yarn as I would have by myself - now to decide on projects for it all!
Is this question for the “3 Color Cashmere Cowl” by Joji Locatelli? I have a slightly loose tension and used a US 2 needle when I made this several years ago. The drape was beautifully soft and flowed nicely. My now 13 year old niece was still wearing it this winter after 3 years!
Quartz can be black with white speckles.
Or, Tivali was the name of Cleopatra's cat.