In preparation for the event, I started to look out the required materials yesterday. I could manage the tape measure, scissors and stitch markers, but the stitch holder request means I have to get my baby jacket, Mae, off the needles this week and, ah, needles........... Yup needles were an issue. US 7 is not something I commonly have laying around in my very cosmopolitan needle collection. You see, I own needles from several different countries which I can tell you, does not simplify life at all! My needle gauge is my best friend and without it I'd be totally stumped. I'm always trying to translate US or UK sizes into metric, then I get confused and finally end up forgetting whether I'm looking for US6 (4mm) or US4 (3.5mm). Sometimes it can really be a problem.
I wouldn't mind if this just happened with knitting needles, but as it extends to every area of my life, it's no wonder I'm disorganised. My home filing system has to manage both American letter-sized documents and European A4 sized ones, so my hanging files have to be legal sized to fit everything in. If I could find my scanner, I'd go completely digital and get rid of the paper altogether!
In an effort to order my circular needles last year, I received a beautiful silk holder as a present. I was ecstatic, until I tried to do just that. Each pocket is labelled with the US size, so I had to go through all my other needles writing the US sizing on the packet to slot them into the right places. By the time I'd finished there was so much packaging in the holder that I couldn't close the thing! So much for organization!
Anyway, I managed to knit this swatch out of Cascade Sierra Quatro with the only US7 that I had. I hit gauge perfectly, so I have invested in some new needles which are the correct length to complete our sample at the workshop. I'm really looking forward to some down time with friends this Saturday and afterwards I shall delight in slipping those needles into the correct pocket of my holder. At least one set will be organized.
Oh, here's yesterday's pictures of the Space Bag full of yarn and the kid's rescued handknits.