It has come to my attention that knitting blogs are a GOOD thing.
Obviously we all know this already but whist reading over my last two posts I was reminded of this fact for two reasons:
Reason 1 - Exposure of knitting numptydom and saving of unnecessary purchases (of needles - if not of yarn):
I was feeling frustrated because I thought that I needed to get a smaller needle size to try and get gauge for the lovely Flair - however if you already have too many stitches per inch and you knit with a smaller needle you will of course get more stitches per inch. Ah the simplicity of it all. Thankfully I didn't jump straight in and order the 3.75mm circs as I was thinking I would, and seeing it written out alerted me to my yarn addled thinking. That's the good news.
The bad news is that having re-measured the swatches I found that I had the right gauge on the 4.5mm needles. I quickly abandoned this swatch as the fabric is quite loose and not what I would like at all. So it would seem I have added some Patons Cotton DK to my stash and must still buy the yarn for Flair - I'm thinking I might skip straight to the Blue Sky cotton Wendy knits the original in and have done with it. Sometimes in life it's worth paying full price.
Reason 2 - Knitters are lovely:
Knitting blogs are also very GOOD as when you finish something you feel slightly dubious about and everyone is lovely about it you start to like it more - thank you all :o)
I just bought a whack of yarn for but haven't even begun to swatch let alone knit it...
It always you to find all yarns with a similar weight and if you go into a particular yarn and click on the guage it always you to search by stitches to the inch as well.
Yes, I absolutely love Knitbloglandia.
Kendra - that is one fab site, thank you. When I looked at the BSky last night the first thing I saw was that it was worsted weight - why didn't I notice that before I bought the DK? - oh well the stash monster is smiling!
Marianne - you know I quite like knitting swatches - they're about the right level of complexity for me most evenings! I may start posting them as FOs!
Sorry to hear about the yarn difficulties - have you thought about knitting Flair in the DK, and making a larger size? I have heard wonderful things about the Blue Sky yarn, though. :0)