9.18.2007

Yet Another Duster Dilemma

I was going to take some more photos of the Beaverslide, but I keep getting home after the sun has set. I did finish la manica seconda today, knit to the same length as the first one, because I know that I am going to have extra yarn and I can always rip back later.

I also continued on the skirt, which I started yesterday, I think. Man, two by two ribbing takes a friggin' long time to knit, even at a gauge of four stitches to the inch. Twenty rows down, sixty more to go.

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I also have another little problem with this project though:

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This is called poor planing. Those are wooden needles, my friends, despite the fact that the rest of the sweater was knit on aluminum needles. In addition, they are size 7 needles, despite the fact that the rest of the sweater is knit on size 8. Those two facts, in an of themselves, are not a problem per se. The problem is that they are size 7 wooden needles with a 16" cable. There is no way that 234 stitches are going to fit on the cable of these needles. (Incidentally, I did not choose to use size 7 wooden circs for the skirt of this project, they choose me. They were the only size I had that were even close to size. Whoops!)

There are several options:
1. KnitPicks Options (but which, the metal ones or the new pretty wooden ones? I am a sucker for pretty, but I generally like metal better (except for some lace). Whole set? Single longer cable and set of tips? I've wanted some more of these for a while, but it would mean waiting, and probably spending mroe money in the short run too.
2. Run to the closest store and buy whatever size 7 wooden circs (longer than 16" of course) that they have. Instant gratification, but pricier in the long run (probably) on a needle I may never (or very rarely) use again (big size + long length = dust collector).

In the meantime I did not swatch with the Beaverslide, even though I wanted to very very much. I am thinking maybe of this sweater. Or maybe this one. Or this one. What do you think?

5 Comments:

At 7:37 AM, Blogger Veronique said...

I have the Mrs. Darcy cardi in my queue too! But I have to say that I prefer the Rowan sweater. That stitch pattern is so cute :)
I can't believe you started knitting on 16" needles!! Hee hee!

 
At 1:50 PM, Blogger Opal said...

I love the Mrs. Darcy cardi! 16" needles? Yoiks!

 
At 6:56 PM, Blogger schrodinger said...

I've got to say that I would get the interchangeable needles, I find them to be extremely invaluable. Mrs. Darcy would be my choice too.

 
At 7:01 PM, Blogger peaknits said...

I love the Mrs. Darcy too - so sweet. Personally,I would probably run get the needles at a nearby store only because I am all about immediate gratification, especially mid project...I don't have a lot of patience.:)

 
At 3:46 PM, Blogger The_Add_Knitter said...

Go buy more size circs. End of story.

 

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