Freak out Friday

You know after you have a cold you run around like crazy trying to catch up on all. of. the. things.? Yeah, that's kind of how my end of week is going. 

 Still life of the chaos on my desk right now.

 Still life of the chaos on my desk right now.

There's the upcoming GLYC (ticket registration closes on 7 September - do you have your tickets?), I'm trying to get prepped for work-work once the kiddo is back at school (observe the "devoirs de vacances" that we've been working on), and managing my son's hockey team is proving to be a major time suck. I'm hoping it's just because of beginning of season registration chaos.

On top of all that I'm still knitting mini-socks (less than a dozen to go!) and am contemplating doing something with that grey, chunky Toft alpaca leftover for their upcoming contest.  And then there's that pesky swatch for my Owls sweater. Can all of my knitting mavens please weigh in on the gauge issue since it's not always my forte?

 Look how beautifully that colour varies in the yarn!

 Look how beautifully that colour varies in the yarn!

Pattern gauge: 6.5mm needles, 13 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches (stocking stitch worked in the round)
Swatch pre-blocking: 6.5mm needles, 13 stitches and 19 rows = 4 inches (stocking stitch knit flat)
Swatch post-blocking: 6.5mm needles, 12 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches (stocking stitch knit flat)
Sweater so far (not blocked, obviously):  6.5mm needles, 13 stitches and 19 rows = 4 inches (stocking stitch worked in the round)

I feel like I'm close enough gauge-wise that it's okay for me to continue but I don't want the knitting to end up distorting the owls if the sweater ends up stretching a bit. The sweater is meant to be slim-fitting, with two inches of negative ease, and the instructions are to knit the size closest to, or just below your actual body measurements. If I were to knit this on 6mm needles instead, I'm not sure if I would run the risk of the sweater coming out to small.

So, thoughts? 

Sigh. You're all going to make me swatch on smaller needles, aren't you?