No, not stress from work . . . knitting gauge.
Yesterday Dorothy asked:
A question about Starmore designs – do you ever have trouble getting gauge? I don’t consider myself a particularly loose knitter, but I sometimes have to go down 3 needle sizes to get her gauge. This has discouraged me from doing any of her FI’s because I just don’t look forward to knitting an entire sweater on size 0 needles – it hurts my hands! Even a size 1 or 2 makes a huge difference. Anyone else have the same problem?
Personally, I’ve never had trouble getting gauge on Starmore designs. Particularly on fair isles. I don’t think Starmore fair isle gauge is any tighter than is normal for a fair isle.
In my admittedly limited experience, fair isles are knitted on size 3.0mm or 3.25mm needles with a gauge of 7 or 8 stitches to the inch using shetland jumperweight wool. I think that’s fairly standard for fair isles, is it not?
Using the Virtualyarns two-ply Hebridean wool, the pattern for Amphora calls for a gauge of 7 sts/inch using 3.25mm needles. A gauge easily gotten without knitting particularly tightly. At least for me.
And Speaking of Tension . . .
I got home from work last night 14 hours after leaving home in the morning. So pardon my brevity. And lack of photos.
But I’ll tell you — I’m this close (picture me holding my thumb and forefinger about an inch apart) to finishing PiS. So with any luck, there’ll be an FO report tomorrow.
Time to leave for work. Wait, wasn’t I just there?