November 14, 2007
The thing about knitting tension...
... is that everyone is different.
Take this gorgeous sock that Elinor knit for me (scroll past the Sunrise Circle gorgeousness. Scroll. Don't fixate on the tweediness. Scroll, dammit!):
I admired this sock on Elinor's blog when I first saw it - so cute! Now that I have it, the fit is so perfect! The style is such a great match to my wardrobe and the way I wear handknit socks! (and there were other gifts in the box!) So, of course I made it my mission to knit the second one exactly like the first!
Elinor told me that she used INOX US 3 needles, but when I tried that same size (and the same yarn, obviously), the second sock came out too big! So, I went down to 2.50 mm dpns - that's like a US 1.5 (INOX makes them, and I believe they label them US 2).
Having decreased the needle size, I think I'm now matching Elinor's knitting tension. I suppose that makes me... what? A loose knitter??? At least as compared to Elinor!
Then, remember the lovely poppy sock? Oh, poppy LL. I miss it so. Anyway... I used US 0 dpns, but Tiennie had to go up to a US 2 to match my tension! This, once again, makes me a loose knitter. I wonder what Claudia has to say about that? Claudia - me, a loose knitter???
There's no surprise in this observation. Each one of us writes differently, holds their fork differently, brushes their hair differently, flips the pages of a book differently... even if we're all using our hands and the same implements. Why shouldn't we knit differently?!? Just because we're using the same yarn and needles doesn't mean a thing!