Frustration ahead - pardon the vent.
Okay, so most of my knitting has always been pretty much on the recommended gauge for a pattern. However, I blew it this time. A month ago, I found some really, really, really nice handspun yarn for the Scarf Exchange and purchased with this project in mind. Once I received my scarf buddy, I searched and thought I found the perfect pattern. I sit down tonight, knit a swatch with the recommended needles, and *argh*! The recommended gauge is 20 sts/4 inches, size 7 needles in stockinette. What did I get? 29 sts/4 inches. So, I knit a new swatch with size 8's and then size 9's. I met the gauge with the 9's, but instead of a nice, clean consistent fabric, the swatch with the 9's looks more like lace - which ain't gonna work for this pattern with cables. So, now I either have to use a different pattern to match the gauge for the yarn I really like, or find a different yarn with the proper gauge to match the pattern I really like. I'll probably end up heading to the LYS this weekend to find a replacement yarn. Oh well, Lesson Reinforced - swatches are a good thing.