So I'm chugging along on the vest that needs to be done ASAP, I had to restart it today after having sketched, swatched, and worked over 3" of highly-textured cables yesterday. . . I sketched again, did the new math, cast on, finished the border and started the plain body of the new pattern. I'm knitting along on auto-pilot, reading blogs, watching Lost and Law & Order reruns, and about a minute ago (it was 12:02am) I looked down at my knitting for the first time in a long time. The running commentary in my head went something like this:
"Self, you're doing a good job, you have like 6" knit already! It's about time to call it a night. Stitches look nice and even, doesn't look like you loosened up as you so often do when you're just cranking out the stockinette without paying much attention. . . come to think of it, it doesn't look like the fabric is taking up much room on your circular needle, does it? Which is strange, considering you're knitting the fronts and back together. Hum.
Self, if you're knitting a small, which is 34" around, how can you have extra room on your circular? How many stitches did you start out with? 152? What was your gauge? 4.5? Is it still that? Did you somehow tighten up? There is a first time for everything you know.
::Takes out calculator, confirms numbers, takes out tape measure, measures body::
Self, how can your body be the right size and still not take up your entire needle?!?! I think you better put the knitting down now, it's way too late to have 1+1=3 and not be able to find out where your math went wrong. Either you're not using that calculator right, or you're not using that tape measure right. It happens, it's late, give it a rest, look at it in the morning. You didn't get much sleep last night. Your eyes are tired.
::Puts hands on hips and refuses to give up. Recalculates. Remeasures. It still adds up!::
Self, really, I'm going to have to insist you put down the knitting. You'll figure it out in the morning, or more likely, at 4AM you'll sit straight up in bed and yell "AHA!" so loud your neighbors will wake up and bang on your wall. Either way, you're not satisfying this now, it's late, you're tired . . . wait a minute.
You're on a 36" long circular, you dolt.