I know blogs are supposed to have pictures but I have some interesting details about my swatch experiment.
My suspicions were correct!
Poorly done chart via OpenOffice Calc and Microsoft Paint. yeah for free software!
Yeah, I went all fancified when I didn't take a picture of the swatches themselves. We're looking for data here anyways. As the chart above illustrates, my tension is 1.5 stitches per inch different between knitting flat and in the round. And since I don't like metal DPNs and I almost never ever knit with straights (except a great pair of rosewood 7s I got on Amazon) the difference between the Addis and the bamboo DPNs is pretty significant for me.
Previous entries were showing up with different numbers, these numbers are after a quicky steam block with the iron. I end all my FO's with a steam so this is really representative of how my knits will be treated.
While swatching is kind of a pain and I don't really enjoy it I'm glad I learned a little about myself and my technique. All knitters are individuals so I'm glad to have a little clearer insight about how I can expect yarn to behave in my hands. I'm not one to get too caught up in minutiae often, so I will use this info as a general guideline - I'm not about about to double 40 row/40 stitch swatches out of all my yarns!