Monday, July 01, 2013

What I've Learned

 I've learned the Watermelon Knitpicks is busy yarn.
 I've learned from friend, expert Knitter, Karen-
that all needle sizers are not the same. 

A ruler is a ruler is a ruler and and Inch is an inch.
However, a size 2 needle on a Boye needle scale is not
necessarily a size 2 needle on a Knitting Central needle scale. 

Karen brought me her grandmother's plastic needles as a gift.  Connie was her granny and she was a knitter.  We were sizing them into groups...and found

A size 2 needle on one scale was a 3 on another....
and so on. 

As Karen pointed out, what matters is gauge and that all your needles just have to be the same size when you are working on a project.   


I've learned that a kitten who cannot see will fool you into thinking she can....
until she falls off the bed...
oops.  

Happy Monday!

19 comments:

fancystitching said...

HMMMM... I had suspected my Boye needle sizer was off. You get what you pay for on these, I think. I will pull out all 3 sizers and do a little comparison.

Yes, watermelon is busy yarn, but I love the look in socks. I find busy yarn helps keep me tuned into the knitting. Nothing worse than a plain sock knit with plain yarn.... YAWN.

Have a wonderful week, Kathy!

Nancy Kay said...

I've wondered about the needle sizers too. I noticed they weren't all the same, and I find that a bit frustrating. The watermelon yarn may be busy, but for socks it works, if you're not using a fancy stitch. The little kitty is so darned cute.

Susanne said...

A friend of mine who use to own a yarn shop was gifted with a huge amount of circular knitting needles from a former customer. The stash included needles that also belonged to the customer's mother who use to knit for clothing shops in New York City. These women were serious knitters. I had a pittance compared to them and my friend told me one day to come and help myself to whatever I was lacking, to build my needle supply. To make a long story short, I was grateful, but what a headache sorting and sizing those things. I also suspected that all needles were not what they should be. Thank goodness I was using just 1 needle sizer or I would have surely ripped out my hair! Thank you though for confirming this, so I am not crazy after all. I guess gauge does become more important than ever. Have a happy and safe 4th.
Susanne :)

Judy S. said...

That kitty is too cute! I know for sure that some needles aren't the same size: some very old size six are marked 4.25mm and the newer ones 4.00mm, so might it be the needles rather than the sizer?

Katherine said...

The Watermelion KnitPicks is a beautiful busy!!

You are so right--I have three needle sizers and none of them agree on size. Gauge is the thing.

Such a cute kitty!

Dee said...

Hmmmm...I figured sizers were sizers were sizers. That's kind of disappointing. Glad all my needles are well marked so I don't have to USE a sizer.

Mereknits said...

I have a size 12 pair of wooden needles gifted to me from a friend, they were her grandmother's. They don't make size 12 anymore.....
Hugs to you and that sweet baby kitten.
Meredith

SapphireBlue said...

Huh!? I was distracted by a cute kitten.

I didn't realize there was so much of a difference in the rulers. I need to check mine.

Sue said...

Confirms what I suspected. What I've learned - stick to one needle sizer and pretend ignorance.

Nancy said...

Some needle sizers are "rounded up" and some are based on mm, so a US 2 can also be a US 2.5

Alyssa said...

Oh my gosh... another thing to be afraid of! What if I'm knitting the wrong gauge because my needle sizer is off!?

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Ooops! Poor kitty! I've long wondered about those dang sizers! Ha! Thank you for confirming my suspicions! blessings ~ tanna

kathy b said...

Kathy

I DO love the crazy watermelon knit picks yarn as it IS entertaining me! you are so right!

kathy b said...

Mere

I didnt know they dont make size 12 anymore....
I may have a pair .....a spare pair....
now its a relic!

thanks
kathy b

gMarie said...

good lessons - well except the kitty falling.

And yes - I think it has to do with American and Imperial measures. When needles were in sizes. I think in metric when picking needles out. g

Lynn said...

Even an inch can be off by a bit on different rulers. When I did a lot more quilting I was told to use the same ruler thruout the whole quilt. Otherwise my squares could be off.......As if crafting wasn't exciting enough...

kathy b said...

Lynn

Really rulers are off too? Geez. I guess your quilt help would be safest..use the same rulers.

SissySees said...

That just confirms what I suspected... not all needle gauges are created equal!

And rulers too!? I've wondered before...

Aren't animals amazingly adaptable??!

Nicole said...

That I one cute kitten!

And wow, the watermelon sock yarn *is* very busy!

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