Welp, it just wasn't working with the furry blue yarn--it needed a yarn with better stitch definition. So I dug out some Miss Babs from the stash and cast on and I really like how it looks. I know you can't see it that well with this camera (iPhone camera) but I think it is going to work out very well.
For the blue yarn, I'm going to do a drop stitch and cable cowl of my own invention. Or at least until I pivot again!