Sunday, December 10, 2006

Another lesson in gauge.

IMG_2282.JPG What you see in this picture is a tragic lesson in gauge. You'd think that after the many, many lessons in gauge I've learned over the years, I would know better, but no. This tragedy could have been averted by two things: better organization and less laziness. Unfortunately, these two things work in tandem, or I may have had a fighting chance. See, the pattern I'm working suggests a US3 needle for gauge. I know I've used US3 double points recently, but I couldn't find them anywhere. I have about ten sets of US1 and US2 dpn, but only one pair of US3. I still can't find them. Now, don't be fooled by this narrative into thinking I looked very hard. I handily convinced myself that, since I routinely use at least one needle size smaller than recommended in any pattern, I could use the set of US2 dpn conveniently in my hand, and that searching for the US3 set would be pointless because I wouldn't get gauge with them anyway. Yeah, the ribbing seemed kind of snug, but I deluded myself with the magic of blocking and continued. Only when I actually got into the meat of the project did I see the folly in all of my thinking up to that point. The silver lining to this whole sad tale is I rekindled my love of bamboo, and today I purchased another set of US3 needles in bamboo. Also, the knitting will go faster with the larger needles. Perhaps this is my penance for putting down the tangled hair scarf. I hereby promise to do four whole repeats as compensation.

IMG_2265.JPGIn other news, we have a new friend here! Meet Baxter! We adopted him from the shelter on Friday. Mrs. Cooper met him at the shelter with conficting results, so we brought him home to begin the bonding process. The initial meeting at home was less than stellar, but we're trying another approach that seems to be working. Since Cooper doesn't have a cage, we put a baby gate up between the room where Baxter's cage is and Cooper's area, and they interact through the gate. At first they constantly batted at each other through the cage, but now they've been witnessed laying next to the gate occasionally in short cease-fires. Things are looking up!

3 comments:

Amy L. said...

Congrats on the bunny! And good luck with the ribbing re-do. Gauge is a bitch.

Do you read Grin and Frog it? She recently completed an airy-type scarf in Kidsilk Night that might provide inspiration...

Pioggia said...

Now, don't you wish he were an angora bunny? Nah, you'd spend too much time brushing him. How are the ratties doing? I'sorry you had to frog, it was looking very nice. Thanks for the info on the gloss gauge.

tammy said...

What a lovely bunny! I'm sure they'll settle down and be fast friend.

Are you enjoying the currogated ribbing? I love the look of it but have always been intimidated by it. It's one of those "one day" projects.