The swatch is done. Gauge has been measured.
Bad news: I noticed earlier today, that the needles have 2.5 engraved in very small print. Couldn't remember off the top of my head what 2.5mm is in US size, so I disregarded it. Well, folks, 2.5mm is size 1.5 needles. Not size 2. I have the wrong size needles, but the package clearly states size 2. There must have been a mix-up with the packager.
Of course, the gauge is off. 8sts/1 inch.
Good news: I have 3mm needles.
Weird news: I'm getting mixed messages from my gauge and needle conversion charts on the web. Especially on this page. http://yarn-store.com/circular-knitting-needles.html
Now I'm really interested to know what size 2 and 3 "really" are. On my package of Inox Express needles, it says that size 3 is 3mm. I'm SO CONFUSED!