The Halfway Point

Announcer 1: And it's the beginning of Day 8, the halfway point. Olympic knitters are really feeling the burn now. Aren't they, Bob?
Announcer 2: You said it, Bob. This is when athletes can really start doubting themselves, thinking they were crazy for choosing the events they did.
Announcer 1: And what about Inishmore, Bob?
Announcer 2: Well, Amy squandered precious knitting time last night trying to estimate whether she was actually half done or not. If the back and front are a third each, and the sleeves are the third third, then being wholly done the first third and half done the second third means she's half done the whole.
Announcer 1: Could... could you say that again, Bob?
Announcer 2: Probably not, Bob. Anyway, she should leave the math to her coaches, and just get her head down and knit.
Announcer 1: She has coaches?
Announcer 2: Well, not really.
Announcer 1: OK, Bob. Off now to the Sock Biathalon.


  1. Anonymous said...

    Cool pictures of your knitting. However, the lack of responses should give you pause.  

  2. Paul said...

    More photos would probably produce more feedback, but anyone who's done even the most basic web page knows just how time-consuming that is. And Amy doesn't have a lot of extra time now. I'm checking daily :-)

    Amy: when you're all done, explain to me why the front and back are not knitted as a tube.  

  3. Suz said...

    You are really doing awesome!  

  4. Amy said...

    "Anonymous:" a) I'm not really doing this for an audience and b) the opinions of people who don't bother to sign their names don't really concern me.

    Paul: Some sweaters *are* knitted as tubes, but usually not ones with cables. Tubes require either raglan shaping at the shoulders that doesn't work well with vertical patterns like the cables, or "steeking", which is cutting vertical slashes in the body-tube to make the arm holes and which also doesn't work well with cables. Other reasons are that the piece gets heavy if it's front and back together (cables are dense), and the seams act like girders to help the heavy fabric keep its shape.

    Suz: Thanks!  

  5. cenobyte said...

    See what happens when you have math? You end up thinking about things like whether or not you're *actually* half-done or *figuratively* half-done. When, in fact, it doesn't matter, because you're more done than not done, and that's the point.

    Math is just Bad News all around.

    I finished The Captain's unofficial knitting-olympics balaclava that I made without use of a pattern (okay, well, I *glanced* at an old WWII pattern, but didn't really pay much attention to it), and which I modified *on the go* (I had to do some shortrows to account for his math lobe - SEE!!! NASTY MATH!). The Captain is pleased with it, although he finds it "a little scratchy" because it's made from alpaca.

    Er. Alpaca wool. I didn't just slice open a ruminant beast and use its innards as.... increases. No casting on. BRILLIANT!!!

    Anyway. No math is good math.

    And your sweater is lovely. All 2/3 or 1/2 or 3/4 or 13/42 of it.  


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