Over the last week, I have struggled to get gauge on my newest test-knit.  I mean really!  Look at this pile!

Swatches

I think I’m safe in saying that my current upheaval added to the situation. I began with a US size 10 (6mm).

Too small.

I tried a US size 11 (8mm).

Too big.

At this point, I had to go to the yarn store and find a US size 10.5 (6.5mm). Once there, I found them easily, and then headed home to make my next piece.

Still too small.

Argh!

Since I’d seen that they carried the US size 10.75 (7mm), I ran back down to the store and picked up that pair. On impulse, I grabbed a US size 10.875 (7.5mm) as well.

(Besides being a kind of obscure needle size, both of these filled gaps in my current library. Yeehaw!)

I tried the 10.75 first. After all, the swatch was super-close to gauge last time….

But not close enough! Thank goodness for the store carrying those 10.875’s! I knitted it up, praying for relief from this nightmare.

Whew! After five swatches, I got gauge perfectly.

Now, I just have to remember to not relax too much.

With a trip to visit family in Arkansas beginning today, I don’t think that will be too tough.