When you live with an accountant, it can be easy to dodge the numbers if you want to: easy to let someone else do the counting. And that's why Julie's Month in Numbers always feels like a fun challenge to me. For once, just once, a month instead of pulling together some words, I have a go at thinking numerically.
Here, September for me was dominated by one set of numbers. And it was all down to a sweater.
At the beginning of the month I bought a new knitting pattern book: Knits Men Want. I blithely, blissfully ignored the Amazon review which said don't buy this book if you live in the UK, you won't understand a word of it and I sat back and waited for it to arrive.
It arrived. I didn't understand a word of it.
So, I had one new knitting book Knits Men Want: The 10 Rules Every Woman Should Know Before Knitting For A Man (plus the only 10 patterns she'll ever need). And the 10 patterns were very nice. I just couldn't see how to make them work. I'd never come across a knitting pattern presented as a table of numbers before. It took me two nights of scratching my head and wondering before I decided to get stuck in and order twenty x 50g balls of chunky blue wool so that I could experiment. ..
..and experiment I did. I wanted to end up with a 40 inch chest sweater. The 40 inch example in the book was knitted on US size 8 needles with a tension of 18 stitches and 16 rows over 4 inches. The wool I had ordered wasn't the wool specified in the book. Mine was bargain, 50% off wool and it took me another two nights to decide what size needles I needed to use (4.5 mm) and which line of numbers I was supposed to be following in the table (are all US patterns like this? it's easy once you get the hang of it). So easy that I ended up knitting in one ball a night and the whole thing has taken me just under three weeks. I'm sewing it up now and I have one small hurdle left. The neckband is knitted on one circular needle. I have less than one ball of wool left. It might not be enough..
|The table of numbers..|
Month in Numbers runs over at Julie's - every month, of course - and a good place to start is with the Pinterest board full of fascinating numerical round ups right here.
The yarn? That's what we call a good story round here and it reminds me that before I go I want to give all of you a reminder that it's Storytelling Sunday this coming weekend. The theme, if you fancy it, is Let's Dress Up! But, as always, stories about anything at all are more than welcome.