I’m on sleeve #1.
I always find (ha! always meaning 3 times now on the only 3 sweaters I’ve ever made) that my gauge changes on my sleeve. On M’s purple sweater, I attributed the change to the different needle size I was using. (I had size 8 circulars for the body of the sweater, and then only had 8 1/2 dpns for the sleeves.) Duh, of course the gauge changed, I thought… except that my stitches were smaller. Hmmm. The plot thickens.
I, however, didn’t pick up on that at all. I thought, Note to Self. Use same size needles for body and sleeves.
Sweater number 2: the blue sweater. (Which is much happier now that I chucked Sam’s advice– ((this is the only time I’ve ever chucked his advice and come out ahead though, so I don’t recommend it))– and took off the lower buttons. I love it, if that is possible.) Size 7 needles: circular for the body, dpns for the sleeve. Smaller gauge. Hmmmm…. Something fishy is going on here, but no one says to change needle sizes for the sleeve, so this must be right…
Now, on my red Olympics (think red for the Canada Maple Leaf) Sweater, on size 9 circulars and size 9 dpns… smaller gauge sleeve.
I’m just knitting more tightly on my dpns. Probably because I’m nervous about dropping stitches off the back. Now I need to do a second gauge swatch on the sleeve with dpns.
Please– you can’t be serious! But I’m going to love this sweater. Repeat after me: it will all be worth it.
It will all be worth it.
And it points me to a greater truth about myself: I am slow to trust myself, even when all the exidence points away from the instructions I’ve been given.
Learning from others about homeschooling, I often trust their advice too far. "Saxon is the best math program," they said. Well, it wasn’t for us. Singapore has been a much better fit– for us. "You have to use Spelling Power." Well, we haven’t. We’re not great spellers around here, but no one has fallen off the face of the planet yet, either.
Check gauge. Trust myself. Lessons for knitting, lessons for life.