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Metric

I’m going to complain for a moment about the US not being on the bandwagon with the metric system. Who decided that we shouldn’t go to metric and why did "they" decide this? I want answers! Maybe I wouldn’t notice if I weren’t a knitter. Maybe I’d go about my daily life oblivious to the difference between inches and centimeters and never needing to care. Fact is, I’m a knitter and lots of knitterly things are in metric. Most especially needles and patterns. Quite bothersome to have to have BOTH measurements, but most do. My main gripe is with the needles, though. I’m irritated by the fact that there is no standard US 1 needle. It would be easier if there were no US 1 and it was just 2.5 mm or 2.25 mm or whatever mm size you needed.

Here’s why I’m so bothered by this…

I have US 1 DPNs. I bought a large circular – an addi Lace needle – in US 1. Last night I started casting on for that table cloth because my books had arrived and I was anxious to get started. I realize that even though I have to start by casting on 200 stitches, there’s no way the are going to join on a 32" circular. Damn the luck! I get out my US 1 DPNs thinking "No big deal, I have DPNs and I can start on those then use the circular when it gets big enough." I start to move the nearly 100 stitches to a DPN and I realize something:

THEY ARE SMALLER.

*sigh*

I look at the package for the addi’s. 2.5 mm. I quickly realize that my DPNs must be 2.25 mm. This won’t work. I can’t risk a change in gauge, however small, on such a large, intricate project. This means I need new needles. I really don’t WANT more needles, but I don’t see a way around it. After this table cloth is done, I have a feeling I will have a LOT of addi circular needles that are 2.5 mm since there is not an interchangeable set out there for such small needles.

*sigh*

Anyway…. enough with the rant. I’m over it. I just have to deal with it and buy more needles as I need them. I’m going to the yarn shop after work and hopefully I can find what I need. My sister will be coming with me because she needs needles for the hat she’s going to make (her second project!). Maybe I’ll get a little yarn therapy while I’m there. Some pretty sock yarn or something.

Since it’s been a while since I showed some pictures, here’s one of my completed sock and the beginning of the second sock. I’m already about half way down the cuff of the second one, but this photo was taken two days ago before I got so far along.

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On that note, I’ll get back to work!

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I’m a thirty-something who lives in Cincinnati, OH. Crafting, for me, started young - I can’t even recall a time I wasn’t crafty in some way. My first foray into yarn was doing plastic canvas embroidery and making Barbie doll furniture. Not long after that I learned to crochet from a book my grandmother gave me after asking to learn what she was doing (she crochets, afghans mostly these days). After that, I took up counted cross stitch and then came sewing when I took two fashion design classes in high school. My mom had a sewing machine from my great grandmother and I taught myself to sew from patterns on it. I still use this same sewing machine today! I started knitting in 2004 when a co-worker was pregnant with her first child and I wanted to make something for her. I bought a “learn to knit kit” from Lion Brand for a baby hat and booties set. I did make the baby hat and booties (with very few problems) and ended up gifting them to the co-worker. I wanted to make a blanket, but I wasn’t quite able to get that done in time since it took a lot longer then I’d imagined! It wasn’t until the end of 2004/early 2005 that knitting really took a hold of me. Now I love knitting and almost always have a project with me, even if it’s just something small when I’m out and about. I like a wide range of projects depending on my mood. Sometimes I like a good challenge knit and other times I enjoy a lot of stockinette or garter stitch. I love Ravelry for keeping track of my projects and for finding new things to knit - I feel like I’m always spending time on there! It’s also a great place for getting to know other knitters, crocheters, and various fiber enthusiasts. In the fall of 2008, I purchased a spinning wheel from someone on Craigslist. It’s a Babe Fiber Starter, single treadle wheel and after a bit of trouble getting used to it, I’ve managed to spin up some fiber. In January of 2012, I found someone local that was selling their Lendrum DT and it came to live with me! The Babe now lives with Jen (aka piddleloop) and she’s learning to spin. I’m still trying to find time to spin along with knitting, crocheting (occasionally), and whatever else is going on, but I work it in here and there. I’m sure there’s something I might have left out here, so if there’s anything else you want to know about me, just ask :o)

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