Sunday, October 24, 2010

Na kni swe mo and Na blo po mo

Thanks for all your notes and comments on my last post. I am still not able to carry baskets of laundry up and down stairs (and believe me, I'm not in a hurry to regain that ability) but I am walking to the store (with Arthur to carry the heavy stuff) and to the school to meet Elaine. Progress is being made.

I plan to do NaBloPoMo, posting every day in November. I did it once or twice and it is fun, and especially fun to have so many other blogs to read every day! There's a Ravelry group, of course.

I also might do NaKniSweMo, and knit a sweater in the 30 days of November. (There's a Ravelry group for this, too!) The only problem is, I am enjoying making my Noro sock yarn cardigan, and don't want to stop that and start something new just to meet some silly old rules.

So, I must figure out how to just keep going with the present project, but still imagine that I am participating... The novel writers who started this whole "accomplish something in November" deal have to write 50,000 words for NaNoWriMo. Sweater knitters are expected to complete 50,000 stitches, according to the 2006 rules... and why would the rules change?

My present sweater needs 155 stitches across the back, and though it is a cardigan, we'll just say 155 stitches across the front as well. The gauge should be 38 rows = 4 inches, and I want at least the 22.5 inches stated in the pattern, probably more. Let's say 24 for easy arithmetic: 38 x 6 = 228 rows for 24 inches. Times 155 stitches = 35, 340. That's how many stitches are needed for the back (minus a few for armscyes!). And a slightly smaller number for the front, since I will make not make the front the same shape as the back! Whatever, I will easily have 50,000 stitches in the main body of the sweater, and I am not quite halfway through the second sleeve now. So I shall finish my sleeve, and then not start the body till November first, and finish the whole thing up by November 30th. Deal?

Oh, no! A picture-less post!

1 comment:

  1. hmmmm... sounds like a lot of math! luckily it's such a lovely sweater. i think you're doing a good job of slightly bending the rules to fit your project.


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