Somewhere, maybe even here, in my home town of Iowa City, Iowa, there's a neuroscientist at work, mapping out the peculiar nerve pathways inside a knitter's brain. Once completed, we might finally have a guide to understanding the odd journeys we knitters occasionally embark on. Like this summer, for instance, a summer of oppressive heat and drought, when I found myself pondering washcloths.
Usually we think of washcloths as gaugeless, "gauge not important." But what does "gauge unimportant" really mean? That any gauge will do? Should we just follow the ball band's recommendation? Or, do we cast on the stated amount of stitches on whatever needles we have around and proceed with confidence? After all, it is a washcloth, however it turns out, it will still be useful? Right?