So...I guess I can't pretend to be some kind of gauge enthusiast anymore. I remember reading the beginning of No Sheep for You and thinking "yes I must always knit swatches! It would be foolish not to." I usually do make some kind of attempt. "And wash them before I knit with them to see how the fabric behaves!"...well I have done that once or twice...
a top-down raglan project. Those are great for trying on as you go, so I didn't get terribly far on it before realizing it was just silly big. Okay...so I'd spent like two and a half weeks working on it, but I like knitting and I like having a project going, so it's not really a big deal. And to prove that I wasn't I spent a good size chunk of the weekend catching up and knitting it like crazy.
I made a swatch for this...of course I did that about a year ago, and I have no idea what size needle I used. I assumed I used what the pattern called for. I also assumed, for some reason, wishful thinking probably, that I got gauge. So even though the swatch is right there and the ruler is right there too, I didn't bother to measure it. In my defense this bumpy yarn is sort of hard to judge. Part of the reason I don't really like trying to get gauge is because it seems too subjective. Knits stretch and may have variations, etc. so I never feel completely sure that I've got it.
When it comes down to it, I really wanted to use this yarn for this project (it's the Gold Metallic Dress from Stephanie Japel's Glam Knits, the cover project, BTW) and I've still got a long way to go before I'm done. But I think knocking down to the smallest size and going down one needle size has done the trick. Hopefully that holds true for the rest of the project! It's not like I swatched this...I'm just playing it by ear. Good thing I can keep trying it on as I go, which I'm sure makes Chuck happy since I ask his opinion each time...
One other thing: Ricardo Montalban
The Orange color, the scoop-y neckline?
Glad I'm getting the fit right & that I'll be adding more to the collar.