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Saturday, June 10, 2006

Yarn Math

I have been making a gift for my MIL
( Yes, the one who upsets me)
It's a shawl ( or, if she hates it, something to throw over a chair)
Each ball of yarn if 71 yards long.
I have just started on the 5th ball.
Every row takes me 10 to 15 minutes to knit ( I'm slow)
I have no idea how many rows I've knitted, I just know that it isn't done.
The yarn is so beautiful that I don't even have to be good.

I bought the yarn when I wasn't smoking, and each ball cost about a pack of cigs, so it's almost like the thing was free.
And each row was 15 minutes that I wasn't holding a cigarette.

And as bad as I am at knitting? It's beautiful.

I once babysat a toddler for a friend of my Husband, just for the craft hobby money.
For a YEAR!
I potty trained someone else's whiney 2 year old just to pay for my ceramics habit.
I made some cool stuff though.

When we had no money for craft supplies, I used to sculpt out of shredded newspaper, and glue and sand, and scraps of magazines.
Before the internet came to my house, I was an artist.

So if I knit 2 yards of yarn an hour, how long have I spent on this project?
How many cigs did I not smoke?
Will I finish it by next Tuesday?


Blogger Surveysez said...

Nobody told me there was going to be a math test! Gack!

8:03 AM  
Blogger Puffy said...

My thoughts exactly, Survey. It's a weekend, by golly! Let's get Nutz to answer all math questions.

10:37 PM  
Blogger augie said...

I gave up math the day I graduated from college. And that was a long time ago. Long long time.


Hi Buggy!

6:24 AM  
Blogger bobdechemist said...


4:40 PM  
Blogger ~Nutz said...

I think we'll just go with Bob's answer. *grin*

So? any word about the job yet?
*waits very hopefully*

7:56 PM  
Blogger kim (weltek) said...

bob forgot to divide by two.

1:08 PM  
Blogger Buggy said...

I finished the shawl. Though I think it should have been narrower, and longer, I didn't use a pattern, and had no idea hat I was doing.

And the job? Someone else must have gotten it, because I never got a call back, and when I called today to inquire, someone new answered the phone.
There aren't any more jobs in the paper this week ( I'm not a qualified truck driver), so I guess my great job search has failed miserably.
I know I shouldn't feel bad about it, but I do.
Thanks for all the good thoughts, and kind words of encouragement.

1:28 PM  
Blogger ~Nutz said...

Awww, Buggah! Your search has not failed miserably! The right job is out there for you and it will come along when the time is right. Fate has a way of working these things out. Believe me.

Chin up! *smooch*

9:13 AM  
Blogger HistoryDetective said...

Sorry about the job, Buggy.

I *heart* you no matter what though.

10:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. A lot.
2. A lot.
3. If you pick up your pace, you could finish by Wednesday.

I have become a little craft ho myself lately.

8:26 AM  
Blogger Kimmah said...

Hiiiiiiiiiii, Buggy!

I have a new blog. There's a linky in my profile. I miss you. I think I might be back alive, sort of. We'll see ;-).

11:37 PM  
Blogger Bravie said...


10:06 AM  
Blogger Supes said...

Hooray for finishing the shawl!

This calls for a cigarette!

12:58 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

LOL@ Supes!

Hey Buggy, will you knit me a pot holder?



9:08 AM  
Blogger Buggy said...

I will knit you 2 potholders,True!

Right after I finish these drapey things I am making for the side windows next to the frontdoor.
I am knitting with kitchen string I bought from the dollar store, it looks cool. ( and it's cheap)

Oh and btw, according to Katie, the shawl was a bigger hit than I knew.
She showed it to everyone, and wore it, and used it as a lap blanket, and bragged about it.
Never underestimate the power of good yarn.

6:01 PM  
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