So my bad sore throat? I went to the doctor yesterday and it's not strep (did you know they can now do a strep test on the spot in 5 minutes? that's amazing!). So it's been diagnosed as viral laryngitis, and I'm supposed to rest, drink lots of fluids, and do "everything else your grandma always told you to do." So I have cough drops, soup, Airborne and I whatever else I can think of to make myself feel better. My head feels like it's packaged in Styrofoam.
Last night I finished the vest and it's now sitting at work, waiting to go to the yarn manufacturer. Yay it's done! Such a relief. Now I just have to crank out that poncho, and all the deadline knitting will be off my shoulders.
Thanks to everyone for the suggestion of two circs, but I've tried it and I hate that, too. I don't like two circs or magic loop for anything, I get horrible ladders or too-tight join stitches no matter what I try. To me, the reason circs come in various lengths is so you can use the length that's appropriate for what you're knitting. Even though I hate the 16"ers, they produce the best results, so I suck it up and do what I gotta do.
I have this theory that it's impossible to be a real knitter without being at least a little compulsive. I've never met a truly relaxed, calm, not detail-oriented knitter. We all have that little someting that makes us rip out mistakes, fiddle with edges, try different needles/techniques/whatever, to try to make it "perfect." We might all have different degrees of perfection-seeking, but without that desire we wouldn't try new patterns, come up with new designs, or venture beyond our confort zones. Some people don't like to admit to this compulsive behavior, but it amuses me and I don't think it's embarassing at all.
Part of my compulsion includes using 16" long circulars even though I hate them, because they produce the best results. I like my finishing to look "perfect," so if this is what it takes, I'm gonna do it!
I just might complain a little bit!