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Wednesday, January 5, 2005

Most of the time, when I’m making a quick project, I expect it to be QUICK.
Like, grab the D*&%#! needles,
cast-on with given yarn and
WAIL!

Sometimes this happens and a few hours later, VOILA! Painless project (spelled S-C-A-R-F) wraps neck in almost instant GLORY!

Today was not that day.

I’ve spent the morning casting on and knitting the same few rows over and over.

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My luscious gifted Baby Alpaca Grande was misbehaving. It’s ball band says the gauge is 3 sts per inch using #10.5 needles.

Not for me, it isn’t! So I went up to #11 needles and got about 3″ done and just hated the slightly loose way it was working up. This yarn is SOOO soft and drapey that it needs a little stitch discipline to, I believe, enhance it’s durability.

FLASH!

I suddenly rememebered I had, of all things, lurking in the forest of Circular Needles that live in the studio, a #10.75 – 24″ circular bamboo. WHOOT! Now, if you look at a regular USA distributed Bates needle gauge, there is not a 10.75 size. I accidently acquired it when I thought I was purchasing a #10.5 needle at my LYS.

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from left to right:

#10.5 = 6.5 mm

#10.75 = 7 mm

#11 = 8 mm

WOW! The 10.5 is a whole 1.5 mm less than the #11. It appears as needles sizes enter the HUMuNGO range that the needle diameters jump larger too. But the 10.75 is a smooth 1 mm different than the #11. And, that TINY .5 millimeter makes a BIG difference! Now my scarf is going to do what it’s told! Who’s the BOSS!~


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