You all overwhelmingly agree to stick with the smaller needles for the ribbing. So this is what I'll do.
My thanks to Araignee and Autumngeisha for reminding me that garment knitting often takes multiple passes. --"Most of mine require a bit of a wrestling match before I can wear them :)"
Anyhow I've decided I am going to first take Karen's advice and give the old Brown Bear (this has become the sweater's new name) in a time out for 2 weeks and then sit down with it and give it some proper TLC.
Meanwhile I have been knitting in purple with the glee of an uninhibited knitter. Right weight yarn with the wrong needle. Probably gonna run out of yarn. So bright but so wrong.
I'm plotting another similar weight yarn to absorb the end of the shawl. Not stripes but more color blocking.
In the zone.
What's floating your boat? What projects are you punishing?