I was quite pleased with myself, because really, doing anything without feline supervision around here can be a tricky proposition. (If you've ever been sitting on the Throne of Thought in the bathroom with a cat pawing the door and meowing, you understand what I'm talking about. Okay, the furry help makes for cute photos...but really, it's not efficient.)
My plan for this yarn is a cowl, and I'd previously looked on Ravelry at patterns, not finding anything that really grabbed me. So I pulled out a stitch dictionary and found a suitable stitch. I swatched- my favorite kind of swatch actually, as I just wanted to be sure I liked the tension of the fabric and then figure gauge so I could calculate how many stitches I needed (as opposed to trying to match the gauge for a pattern).
I even sat down and charted the pattern, wrote down my planned cast on number, stitch gauge, and even figured out how much yardage to reserve for the border before I cast off. I know what cast on and cast off I plan to use. If I like the results (and anyone is interested) I'll have enough info to write up the pattern without having to knit an entire other cowl.
Finally, I was ready to cast on. All I needed was a size 3 circular needle. I looked in my circular needle case...and the size 3 packet is empty. My interchangeable needle set goes down to only size 4 (and that size is in use for the top-down cardigan). I looked in the backpack I use for knitting. I looked in my other project bags. I looked in every bag, tin, basket and tub of yarn. Finally I pulled up my project list in Ravelry, trying to figure out what was the last project I'd have used it on. I found project after project on size 3 needles- but socks are all on dpn, mittens on dpns or straights, hats were all on size 4 or larger needles...I kept going back.
In 2010 I knit a baby sweater in the round on size 3 needles. That's it. These needles have almost certainly been AWOL for around 4 years. I don't tend to have a lot of duplicate needles. I have the same sizes in different formats- dpn, 16" straight, 9" straight, circular fixed, circular interchangeable. It's one of the ways I keep myself honest- if I want to do something with needles that are in use, I finish or frog the project already using them. So now I'm stuck. These needles are probably in my house somewhere. But where? When I got the interchangeable needle set, I started storing all my circular needles in the case with it- it's been a long time since I came across any out of place. I'm pretty good about not leaving needles stuck randomly in bags of yarn. The last set I missed had been stuck in a ball of yarn while I wove in ends, and a cat batted off the end table and behind the couch (thank you, Biscuit!) before they were put away, but they turned up within days.
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