Sunday, February 13, 2005

Bad Math

Yesterday I knit 14 rows of the Peacock Feathers Shawl, and on a whim I decided to calculate how many stitches I had done and how many I had to go. I figured I'm on row 175 of 250, so I'm getting close to being finished, right? This shawl starts with 3 stitches and increases linearly, four stitches every right side row. So, I took the number of stitches I have right now and divided by two. That's the average number of stitches per row. Then I multiplied that by 175, and discovered that I've done roughly 30,000 stitches. Good for me!

Then the bad part. I shouldn't have done this. I took the final number of stitches and divided it by two to determine the average number of stitches in the average row of the entire shawl. I multiplied that by 250, and I got 61,750. I'm almost half-way finished. There's no way I'm going to be done by April. I'm so depressed.

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