Sidenote: We live in a weird place, in the mountains, but just to the west of a very steep increase in elevation, that somehow produces peculiar weather. Neither of us recall living in a place with sunrise thunderstorms, and it was quite odd when we experienced our first once. Its not a ferocious cracking thunder caused by the hot summer sun. No, it's gentle rumbling thunder like a bowling ball going down a very long alley across the sky. We had one of those storms this morning, the first of the season. Let me tell you - nothing is better for snuggling deep in bed than bowling ball thunder and the 'blop' of giant raindrops. It was lovely.
I've reached that point in this project - I do it with most projects - where I become obsessed with the statistics: how many hours, how many yards, how many STITCHES?!? That lovely cherry needlepoint in the background? It took me two years to complete. It was an on-again/off-again pursuit, and is comprised of over 18,000 stitches.
I started this Hitchhiker shawl unsure of my knitting capabilites and wanting a simple project. Me, oh my! I can garter stitch like a champ now and I think I'm going to lose my mind if the end of my yarn doesn't come quickly!
Here's a little math for you: 3MM needles = a needle circumference of 9MM. If I count each stitch as being the circumference of the needle + some wiggle room (circumference + 1/2 circumference - I'm a tight knitter), each stitch is about 14MM of yarn. That means there are roughly 66 stitches per yard of yarn. My skein is 460 yards = 30,360 stitches in this shawl. Wowser! Now I feel so accomplished, so up-to-the-task of finishing!
Changing from mathematics to reading - see here for the follow up on reading My Life in France by Julia Child. Also know that I DID punt on doing the Potato Peel Pie book on audio, too tricky, and got in in hard copy from the library. Now, I am listening to The Penderwicks and enjoying it muchly.
Joining Ginny and Frontier Dreams.