First, thank you to everyone who left a comment yesterday. I appreciated the thoughtful words you all shared.
Now, some math. If there more than a few comments to this post, I'm pretty certain we'll have a winner for my little "2,000th on the 300th" contest. There's something attractive about reaching both of those numbers at the same time to me. I like when numbers align.
I had to align some numbers myself today. Last week I diligently knit the first part, you know, before you join, of the Cozy V-neck Pullover from Fitted Knits. I did all thirteen repeats before I got off my lazy tush and found a tape measure. The pattern calls for 3.5 spi. I had 5 spi. My math-addled brain said, "fine, missy. You'll just make a smaller size and be fine. You're just off by a little." After Blog-free Kim and Blogless Sara messed around with the math for a few minutes, they reached the same conclusion at the same time. Wanna know what it is?
Beverly is a ding dong and totally, as Noelle might say, a math-impaired Barbie.
I was convinced my gauge was off the wrong way. So I ripped, and then I did some algebra. I took all of the places in the pattern where numbers of stitches (S) occurred, divided said number by 3.5 (pattern gauge), then multiplied it by 5 (my gauge). I penciled in the new numbers and cast on again. Sixty-nine stitches instead of forty-eight.
In formulaic terms: S / 3.5 x 5=NSN (new stitch number). Now that ain't so tough, is it? I'm not math-impaired at all. In fact, I'm a bit clever about math.
What's made you feel rather clever in your life lately?