Mathematics was never my favorite subject in school but since then I have found that I do need to refresh my knowledge of this subject - when I was working & more so when my girls started school - in fact my Maths skills improved tremendously when I was helping them with their homework. But unfortunately, my little brain has it's limitation & now it's beyond my ability to help the girls as their Maths work is way...... beyond my level of understanding. BUT, I do still need my Maths in KNITTING! Who will ever thought that Maths & knitting would go hand in hand.
Sorry for this rambling on about Maths but it came up last night while I was knitting away on the Alpine Lace - I have been knitting every night on this project but can only manage 5-8 rows in 1 hour! Reading the pattern requires quite a bit of concentration so 1 hour is all I can manage. I have finished 56 rows for the Lower Border, 8 rows for the transition to the center panel & 48 rows for the center panel - how many more rows & when will I finish the shawl ? I check the pattern & started working out the Maths :
37 repeats of 8-row center panel = 37 x 8 = 296 rows
3 repeats of 16-row top border = 48 rows
Total = 344 rows of 128 stitches per row
8 rows per night = 344/8 = 43 nights or 6.2 weeks
So by mid September, my shawl should be finished (if I am knitting every night) - that seems to be such a long time or should I knit faster & try to finish 16 rows every night which is 2 hours per night - I don't know if my little brain can take that.
Anyway, have a look .......... in case if some of you are wondering - the white yarn is my life line.