Well, my needle arrived today, and it’s a beaut. 
5 Blue Purple is really the best color to start with (at the hem) because it is not only sort of out of sequence color-wise (being very purple as I mentioned yesterday) but also being much lighter in tone than the others.  I debated not using 5 Blue Purple at all, but since it’s going to be down by the hem, I might as well keep it in there.
More later.