Friday, July 28, 2006

Math and Yarn Substitution


Neither of which I know much about. Today at work while I was supposed to be doing something else (oops) I found this shawl.

Now, I've never made anything this big but I lovvvve the colors. However, I suck at math so I think I have figured that 245 metres =245 yards sorta kinda? And I don't know much about angora but I was looking in the Knitpicks catalog and found this which has nothing to do with angora but is awfully pretty. In the pattern it calls for 3 balls of different colors..like I guess, deep orange, brown and some sort of reddish bronze? And this yarn looks as if it has all the colors in it. So would you just use 3 balls of the same thing? And would baby alpaca and silk come even close to making something that looked like the angora shawl?

Hell, I don't even know where I would wear a shawl. But it's an interesting puzzle. Now if I just knew what I was talking about LOL

18 comments:

Dave Daniels said...

Math is your friend. Conversions, that's another matter. (But, to make it easy, 1 meter is about 39 inches. So, get extra yarn to beon the safe side.)
Oh, and there are websites you can go to and enter what you are converting. It's cool. (If you Google metric conversion...)

Dave Daniels said...

And that yarn is gorgeous!

Ann said...

Ackkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk more math stuff? What Dave said..Google...it works for even a math challenged person like myself.

Knit One Purl Two Pal said...

The shawl looks wonderful. I have made a few prayer shawls, but those are pretty much just mindless knitting.

I say go for it, stretch your knitting abilities.

K1P2Pal

Susan said...

Dave...thanks! I tried the Google thing but I didn't use the correct words in the search. I'm used to cm..we use that to measure wounds and actually I use it a lot at home as it's easier for me to figure on the ruler. But I was lost here!

And I also love those colors in the Knitpicks yarn. I may not make the shawl, but I'm thinking I will figure out something to do with it. Got an eMail from them last night with all the new fall yarns. I just love Knitpicks!

Susan said...

Ann,
I sometimes wonder how I survived without Google. I use it a lot a work to find out about new drugs and such as well as other things..like shawl patterns hahaha

Susan said...

K1P2,
I think I'll order the pattern later on today just so I can read it. Not that I don't have a bazillion patterns from downloading LOL. It's fun tho cause sometimes I'll read one and realize that now, I actually know what it says..not that I could do it but still *G* Now I'm going to go see my new card! Hope you have an exceptional weekend!

Procrastiknitter said...

Math makes my head hurt! LOL. The shawl is gorgoue and from someone who's favorite color is orange. I LOVE the colors!

Phoebe Gleeson said...

really pretty stuff! good luck on the subbing yarns.

Cookie said...

Good luck doing the math, sweetie. I always feel good when I can do quilting math. Yarn math is beyond me. *L*

Love shawl and yarn!

Susan said...

Procrast..Makes mine hurt too! I'm glad I don't have to make a hurry up decision about the yarn. LOL knowing me, I'll decide that later is better. *G*

Susan said...

oh and Procrast...I tried to email you the response to my comment but I got this back in my mail box

(IP addy) does not like recipient. And here I thought I was a likeable soul *g*

Susan said...

~~~waving to Phoebe. It's a whole new idea to me. We shall see.

Susan said...

Cookie, I hear ya! And I would be delighted if I could get consistent 1/4 inch seams. Maybe someday..I never thought I'd be knitting LOL

Laura said...

Thanks for showing off your sock, it's beautiful!

I'm scanning in a picture of KP's lace that I have in stock, just so you can compare. :)

In anticipation of 'tomorrow's' post, man! I never thought of the neighbors watching my sock photoing antics. :D

Susan said...

Laura, thanks for the pic! Do you do a lot of lace knitting or do you do other things with it?

LOL on the photoing...could be worse. I could be doing real porn instead of yarn porn. *G*

Laura said...

Sigh. I should do a lot of lace knitting, if only based on the amount of lace yarn I have. That and the lovely patterns in my collection.

I'll just have to start something in my laceweight, won't I? ;)

Susan said...

Laura, yes I guess you will. One of the things that I liked about this shawl pattern was that it said it was good for beginners. And that would be ME