When sewing/quilting, measuring accurately is super important but it’s fairly easy to have a measuring device nearby. We have rulers, we have tables with built in tape measures, we have drawers on our sewing machine tables.
With knitting, we also have to measure often. Measure the swatch and count how many stitches in 4″. Knit til the sleeves measure “this length”. Knit til the body is “this many inches” below the armholes.
Most of us use those inexpensive little round, wind themselves back up measuring tapes. I have probably 20 or more of them and it’s either feast or famine. Not long ago, it seemed like everywhere I looked, I found a tape measure. I thought “I’ll never be looking for one of these again!” Wrong!
When I went to Missouri, I had two . . because I never take one of anything that’s important. I know I have a tendency to lose things. When it was time to leave, I wasn’t sure if the one I had in my hand was mine or Nicole’s but I figured I could get another one easier than she could so I handed it to her to keep. Somehow, I left with two and came home with none.
Since I was knitting in the car on the way to my uncle’s, there’s probably at least one in my car. They end up in the project bag with projects, which is fine until I can’t find one to use. Last week, I needed one and could not find one anywhere! I looked in all the drawers where I thought one might be. No. I looked under my recliner because there are usually 3 or 4 under there. No. I was in the extra bedroom mashing around in the bottom of all the project bags that were easy to get to, trying to feel something hard and round. Nope! I was so frustrated. Trying to measure a knitted item with a wooden ruler is never accurate. I told myself . . I’m ordering enough of these rascals that I’ll never have to search for one.
I ordered some from Eat, Sleep, Knit, then I found some for even less on Amazon, then Vince found some at one of the ultra cheap places he orders things and he ordered 12 more so addition to the 16 shown above (not counting the one that isn’t a roll up type, there are 12 more coming. Probably between now and then, I’ll find half a dozen that were “lost” in this house. One has a unicorn on it so I’ll give it to Addie but I do believe there shouldn’t be a shortage of measuring tapes around here for a while.