My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.



No, not stress from work . . . knitting gauge. ๐Ÿ™‚

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?


  1. I am so with you on the working late thing. The thesis seems to be writing itself right now, so I have to go with it. But it’s really killing my knitting time. Hope things lighten up for you soon so you can get PiS done and start something new (because I know you want to!). At least the weekend’s coming.

  2. I thing the working late bug has bitten us all this week. I have been coming in early & going home late all this week…ugh! It *does* make you feel like you live there, doesn’t it.

    Oooh, can’t wait to see the PiS FO (how’s that for using the acronyms? LOL)

  3. I find that I have no trouble getting 8 sts/inch with jumper weight yarn on size 3 needles when doing fair isle – the stranding seems to bring down my gauge with no effort. I can’t get AS gauge on her textured styles however. For me it’s best to change the yarn rather than the needles! Wendy, is there a difference for you with her textured vs. fair isle designs, or do you get them both?

  4. Thanks for the answer Wendy – maybe I just need to try again. I think maybe it’s the stranding that’s loosening my guage. I’m so paranoid about having it pucker that I may be loosening up. I’m working on one of her Arans right now and did have to go down one size needle. I’m struggling with the thick yarn, though – can’t wait to finish it so I can get back to some finer guage knitting! Can’t wait to see PiS finished!

  5. Let’s all run away…. and knit!

  6. I’ll second that! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. Can I come too???? I have a very spirited 3 yo… and she’s there 24/7!

    Stay sane Wendy!

  8. Please tell us you are not in the building where the gun man got in.

  9. Barb, I’m not in the Cannon Building . . . but I’m very close to it. It’s surrounded by cops right now — YIKES!

  10. The gunman (and his female accomplice) turned out to be two female employees who work in the Cannon House Office Bldg, who were both in their Hallowe’en costumes, and one of whom had a toy gun which showed up on the X-Ray monitor, but wasn’t noticed by the guard until the two employees had left the screening area.