Warmer weather has hit here. Meaning a new herd of carpet beetles. The husbeast is also on alert (he thinks 'closet full of wool' and sees dollar signs being nibbled up), and we've agreed - we think they're coming in through the doors and windows, not living in here. (Which is what we figure for most of the other bugs we get, so okay. Valid theory. Or else we're in denial. Either way.) Friday is payday and I'm investing heavily in lavender, lavender oil, and all-natural (with lavender oil) soap. I think soap rubbed around a door frame will be effective, especially if repeated every once in a while. Lavender sachets and oil diffusers will help, too.
And arson. I WANT TO TORCH THE LITTLE BASTARDS! Whoops, did I type that out loud?
I know I'm really home again. Sekhmet bit me this morning. I'd had the audacity to interrupt her nap (she was sleeping on my lap and I moved). Fucker.
Okay, someone Australian clue me in on the whole yarn weight thing. Because y'all aren't tracking my logic, or I'm not tracking yours. (I assume this is entirely my American problem, but I'm whining anyway.)
So. Bells and I swapped for yarn ages ago, and last year I knit it up into a sweater for my father-in-law. It was Bendigo Woolen Mills, eight ply. EIGHT. All right. I knit it up with size eight/5 mm needles. I get this. I'm with you.
For the new, Setesdalish jumpers, I wanted something lighter, and figured the step down to five-ply was the way to go. This would, I THOUGHT, take me down to a size five/3.75 mm needle, which would work nicely. I wasn't basing this on ply=needle size, but wraps per inch, and sport weight = five ply comments over on Ravelry, and all that rot. Yuh. About that. I got out the five-ply last night for some swatches, and KEPT GOING DOWN NEEDLE SIZES. And down. And down. And cursing. And, finally, settled on size three/3.25 mm needles to knit this stuff up. SIZE THREE. There is no way in hell I can NOT knit this yarn up into Christmas presents. The husbeast will murder me in my bed if I say "oh, whoops", toss it into The Pit and order more. I am COMMITTED TO THIS YARN. (And need committed, yes, thank you.)
Good thing I'm starting now, because apparently I will be KNITTING TWO EXTRA-LARGE SWEATERS ON SIZE THREE NEEDLES!!!!!!!!! AAAAAAAAAH!
(On the other hand, super-small needles almost guarantees I'll have enough yarn left over for another Setesdal jersey for me. If I can stand to knit three of them.)