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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Yarn can be illogical


I have 2 inches of the yummy pink sweater back knitted. I'm really enjoying working with this soft cotton yarn. And it's knitting up at 5 stitches per inch with size 7 needles.

So when I decided to knit Karen's sleeveless summer shell again, I bought the same yarn (Cascade Yarns Sierra 80% cotton, 20% wool) except in a lovely white color. I checked the tag and it reads the same as the pink yarn- needle size 7= 5 stitches per inch.

However, on size 7 needles, I was only getting 4.5 stitches per inch. So, I ripped back and tried again with size 6 needles. Still didn't work. Finally, I got a clue and decide to knit a swatch before casting on the project. It takes size 5 needles to achieve 5 stitches per inch.

I'm not a math person so this whole ordeal made me quite dizzy. I could hear Mr. Spock saying, "Captain, this Sierra yarn is illogical. Curious... very curious.'

But there is a silver lining in every cloud. My silver lining came in the form of the perfect knitting bag for all my circular needles found at a Lake Oswego yarn store named the Molehill Farm. I found it while on the hunt for the size 5 needles.

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