scene: the locker room at the gym. I have finished swimming/showering/dressing and am waiting for Ricki to do the same. I have decided to use this time to clean out my purse. A gauge swatch which is in my purse falls on the floor and Ricki hands it to me …..

Ricki: Oh this is so nice Ann. It’s such a pretty color. I thought the jacket was moss stitch.

Me: It is.

Ricki: But it said to do the gauge in stockinette?

Me: (with absolutely no confidence whatsoever) yeah.

I make a mental note to verify this the minute I get through the door.

I get the book as soon as I get home and I cannot believe what I am reading! WTF is the matter with me???? I actually looked at the book, knit the damn swatch, looked at the book again to see what gauge I should be getting. Counted my damn swatch. Looked at the book. Recounted the swatch just to make sure. And have looked at the damn pattern countless times in between as I have dithered over sizing.


An afternoon on the phone with Cara and Kathleen – thank God they put up with me and this crazy crap of mine – has revealed that my stitch gauge is slightly off – the pattern calls for 4.25 stitches/inch and I am getting 4.5 stitches/inch. That .25 difference means that if I continue knitting for the larger size, I will actually end up with the in between size that I wanted in the first place.

i lucked out and this screw up has in fact been a very good turn of events.

but still – what the hell is wrong with me?

12 thoughts on “

  1. well, I have to say you have some really good karma! hahahaha that totally sounds like something I would do, and then of course I’d have to rip it all out because it would NOT have worked out for me

    btw – totally true re:the drummers – what is it about them? are they always hot or something???

  2. I always went for the keyboard players, myself. That doesn’t mean accordion or even concertina.

    You totally lucked out. That Ricki… she’s a smart cookie, isn’t she?

  3. I love it! You’ve trained your subconscious to correct your gauge for you. If you can figure out how to teach others to do that, you’ll make millions.

  4. You are the luckiest knitter.


    If it had been me, I’d have to rip out the whole sweater, AND, to add insult to injury, I would probably loose a needle while doing it.

    And my gauge swatch would have fallen out of my purse and landed right in a puddle of chlorine and gotten bleached. :-)

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