Off!

Looks like I’m all ready to go – other than a passport and my knitting, what else could I possibly need on my trip? :)

Coming with me: grandma’s Whitby socks, which, between this and that, somehow got almost halfway done:

However, I intend to focus on the Shetland Triangle. As you remember, I started it ever so cautiously well before my trip, just to make sure yarn, needles and pattern were all in order.

I’m glad I did! Remember how something about the US 3 KnitPicks Classic Circulars kept bugging me? It seemed that the needles were too thin, even for 3s, and my hands kept itching for something slightly more substantial. Then, as I was passing the needle through the US 3 hole in my needle gauge with much ease, it came back to me: KnitPicks has somewhat unorthodox needle sizing! I’ve been using the 3.0 mm needles, which KnitPicks calls US 2 (and I’d call US 2.5, because it ain’t fittin’ through the US 2 hole in the needle gauge). No wonder my brain couldn’t make sense of what my hands were feeling!

Anyway, 3.0 mm is definitely a stretch for this yarn, so I whipped out my tried and true INOX Express in a US 4 (3.5 mm), much better for this yarn, both in terms of size and feel. I reworked the first chart with the replacement needles… and I know I was supposed to supervise myself and not go any further, but I couldn’t help it and worked one additional chart repeat. Oops! :)

One last thought before I must go (and bounce up and down on my suitcase to close it) – I’m delighted to announce the 450th Jaywalker submitted into the galleryMarlena! Marlena says she’s the unlucky-ish sort, rarely winning anything, but her Tiger Jaywalkers changed that in a jiffy:

Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in Powder Blue (you know where I got it)

Congratulations, Marlena!

And now I’m off! See you in about a week!

35 thoughts on “Off!

  1. Ashley

    I’m been thinking that my knitpicks 1s felt small! I threw away the packaging in a fit of tidiness, so I’d been assuming stupid things, like “they feel different because you’ve never knit with metal needles this small1!” Thanks for being smarter than me :)

  2. Leanne

    Have a good trip – and happy knitting! I too made a pair of Jaywalkers that I haven’t yet submitted to the gallery. In fact, I don’t even have a picture of the time, as I was blogless when I made them. Maybe I’ll be lucky number 500 :-)

  3. jean

    Oh those wisteria socks are so pretty! I must have missed them in Knitting on the Road because I don’t remember them. I like your color choice too. Have a fun trip and don’t forget about us!

  4. Heather

    Where are you going?? I am traveling next week, can’t wait. What knitting to bring is top on the list of unanswered packing questions.

  5. Courtney

    Love the Whitby socks…those are so pretty and look like they will be very warm.

    It frustrates me that needle sizes vary, I feel strongly that the purpose of a sizing system is so that this very thing doesn’t happen…but, I may just be old fashioned.

    I emailed in some Jaywalkers a while ago, but there is a strong chance you never saw them because my email is tempermental, at best.

    The link to them on my blog is here:

    http://pinkladyknits.blogspot.com/2006/08/jaywalkers.html

    Happy to email them in, if you’d prefer. :)

  6. Liz in NoWhere PA

    If there’s any chance you’ll go through Charles DeGaulle Airport, don’t take valuable needles in your carryon. They confiscated my Addi turbo 12″ circulars straight out of a shedir hat. Maybe you’d get through with bamboo? They missed one dpn that was in a skein, but took the other three out of the sock. (no, I wasn’t going to volunteer that she’d missed one)

    If I’d known, I would have checked the equivalent of the TSA for the other countries.

    Good travelling and may you find plenty of LYS where you go.

  7. Holly

    I’m so impressed with the restraint you’ve shown in selecting projects for your trip. I took a suitcase of yarn… and it was not small. Hope you have a great trip!

  8. Elizabeth

    Your Whitby socks are STUNNING. I love the pattern and the color – and they look so beautifully soft. Lovely work. I may just have to score that book.

  9. Sherry W

    Thanks for the heads-up with the KP needles. I’ll measure all mine now. I made something with the size 6 and I was on gauge, but perhaps that was a fluke.

  10. Susan

    Bon voyage!

    Those socks are really and truly beautiful. Classic looking. And lovely.

    Y’know, when I first read about your sensitivity to KnitPicks (KP) needle weight (and now size), at first I thought, wow. Knit-picky. But to each her own…

    And then after reading this post, I picked up a project on size 2s (KP circs), finished the ribbing, and went to grab size 3 circs. Tried out the KnitPicks needle hole checker thingy. Whatdya know? My size 3 circ went through their size 2 hole. Then ALL my size 3 circs did! I was really shocked! Gak! Do I have no size 3 circs?

    So I grabbed my DPNs in size 3. They didn’t go through the KP size 2 hole. Hmm…

    Dug out my ever faithful old metal Susan Bates “Knit Check”.

    Wouldn’tcha know it?! Susan Bates lists US size 2 as 2.75 mm, whereas KP lists US 2 as 3.00 mm!

    (SB lists US 1 as 2.25 mm; KP lists US 1 as 2.5 mm.) Susan Bates and KP both have US size 3 as 3.25 mm.

    But as far as 1s and 2s, which is truly correct?

    It’s very frustrating, isn’t it?? I’m stumped as to which needle to use now for my project, but will just go with what *feels* right with the yarn and project.

    Hope your projects and voyages are smoooooth sailing.

    And I’m a convert: It PAYS to be knit-PICKY!

  11. MaryMR

    OK, I know you are going on a trip–have a great time, but when you get back I am totally curious about you using KnitPicks knitting needles! I’ve been moving and off the blogs for a bit–the last post I saw on KnitPicks, you discovered they were all heavier than their competition. The weighing I thought brilliant–and EXACTLY what my CalTech trained husband would have done. It made me hesitate buying some–I probably will eventually just to try them. So anyway, what’s the scoop (separate from the sizing issue mentioned in this post)? Has the pointy-ness factor won you over or did you just decide that they are okay for you, even with the extra weight? A fan waits to hear…

  12. MaryMR

    OK, I know you are going on a trip–have a great time, but when you get back I am totally curious about you using KnitPicks knitting needles! I’ve been moving and off the blogs for a bit–the last post I saw on KnitPicks, you discovered they were all heavier than their competition. This weighing them I thought brilliant–and EXACTLY what my CalTech trained husband would have done. So what’s the scoop (separate from the sizing issue mentioned in this post)? Has the pointy-ness factor won you over or are they okay for you, even with the extra weight? A fan waits to hear…

  13. Michelle

    Hope you enjoy your trip, the whitbys are beautiful! and you know if you don’t want those KP 3 I’d be more then happy to take them off your hands….;o)

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