Let us All Praise Nancie Wiseman...
I've been a bit gauge challenged. Whenever sock patterns instruct that you should cast on 60+ stitches, I always know I'm in trouble. Now. I don't have small feel (size 9, mediums) but I must be the loosest knitter in the world since 60 stitches of anything would swim on me.
The Marble Arches are even more of a challenge because you start with double the stitches cast on to make a little ruffly top. I guess I didn't have to do this (hello, hindsight) but I ended up casting on five times til I found the mix that would work for me. 44 stitches. and it's a little snug, but I'm not doing it again.
I'm also a little gauge challenged with the Vogue sweater I described in the last post. The cotton ease is different enough that I can't get the exact gauge in the pattern. But. If I follow directions for the small, the difference in the size of the yarn will produce a sweater that will fit me (a medium/large). Now. i know some knitters will insist, INSIST, that you cannot do this, that the whole drape/fit/swing/karma of the sweater will be OFF! But I'm going for it anyway. Hey. It's only cotton ease. But I like it.
In other news: yesterday I picked up my new glasses with progressive lenses. They're a bit, um, odd. You have to re-train the way you look at things. I'm going to get progressive contacts when they're available so this is a good start to figure out what is going on. It is nice to be able to read the computer screen now though!