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April 11, 2007


ETA: In my calculations, I forgot to take into account the 8+ repeats I've already knit! Oops! The numbers below have been fixed.

Well, I'm up to my usual antics. First, I weighed the remainder of my Sea Silk skein using my little balance:

Next, I knit one repeat of the pattern, and weighed it again:

A little bit of algebra, remembering to take into account the few yards required for the decorative edging, and the verdict:

My Dolphin lace scarf will likely have a total of 28 pattern repeats: 8 completed so far, and 20 from the remainder of the skein.

Next, a little pinning and measuring:

And a second verdict:

My Dolphin lace scarf will likely be 15" wide and 49" long, once blocked.

A petite scarf for sure. Remembering that the Melon Scarf came out to be 11" wide and 56" long, perhaps a more narrow version of the Dolphin Lace scarf would maximize the yardage.

I might stop by Windsor Button and see if (miraculously) they have another skein. But I'm not holding my breath considering the yarn was purchased in September.

If not, no big deal: first, I'll be extra diligent to maximize length when blocking. Second, all scarves are subject to gravity and get longer and more narrow with use. Third, knowing my fashion habits, I'm quite content having a smaller, more square scarf.

If I were a glutton for punishment, I would have also timed myself during this exercise, and then extrapolated how much more time this project would suck up. Let's not go there, since knitting this pattern is very enjoyable.

And thanks to everyone for pointing out the dolphins! Honestly, I didn't see them at all before reading your comments... and now, they're as clear as day :).

Posted by Kathy on April 11, 2007 11:16 AM


I didn't see them either! That is so cool

Thanks for pointing out the dolphins. They are so cool!!

You freak me out a little with all your science and math and stuff, I'm so much more of a wing and a prayer type knitter. :) I admire what you do, I just rarely have the patience for it myself.
The dolphins are totally cool.

All hail Grumperina, the patron saint of scientific knitting! I recently got "Grumpy" about my knitting and I couldn't be happier!


I would never have known they were dolphins without your outline - but I totally see it now. Very nice!

Thanks for the visual on the dolphin -- I didn't see it either!

I have some of this same color of yarn, two skeins actually, and it was bought back around Septemberish. Alas, the tag does not have the dyelot info on it, but if you need some, I'd be happy to send you a skein. Or two even. Lord knows I'm not for want of yarn.

this is why i like knitting so much, i think. there is math to do and i don't have to write a thesis about it!

Oh nice! Now I see the dolphins!

I say... rip it out all together. cast on less stitches and do a daintier border.
That's what I'd do.

That had to be one of the funniest run of comments ever. My vote is for gravity.

Thanks for pointing that out. I didn't see the dolphin either in the pattern.

I'm glad you pointed them out! Even with them outlined in red it took me a minute. :)

Well, I can see the dolphin shape now that you've pointed it out, but I still think it looks MORE like leaves or petals, albeit with an unusual hole in the middle.

I have two skeins of the same color. If you find yourself running short feel free to let me know and I'll gladly bring it to C's. No worries.

I didn't see the dolphins either! They are far from obvious.

I love seeing your scientific knitting in-process.

Thanks for the concept of calculating how much of the yarn will be used. I am knitting a shawl and am eyeballing how much I have left instead of the more scientific way of weighing. Great job on the scarf. It will be wonderful!

Would you look at that... Dolphins. Cute. Very cute.

Got to love the science behind the knitting!

Neat! I didn't see them either until this post!

Oh, there's the dolphin! Now that I can actually see them, this might be my next lace project!

AHAAA! so theres the dolphins!!!

loving your maths..i am utter pants at maths!

Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. And I agree - the dolphins were hard to see until I saw your outline. I thought it was talking about the waves on the border...

You are the queen of scientific! lol! I didn't see the dolphins either, but they are quite clear once you "see" them!

I'm finally able to see the dolphins!

That is really beauiful...hmmm...I bet I'd be more better knitter if I just wuddda paid 'tention in math class....and English too because some of those instructions just don't make sense!

Looking forward to seeing it all finished!

Nice! I especially like the picture of the dolphin. Though the lace does need to be held up close to really see the shape.

Do less in the middle.

I don't think you had a faulty skein for the Melon Scarf. From what I've read on other blogs, Victorian Lace Today is pretty off when it comes to their estimates for yardage in their patterns, and you end up short.

I've got to say, that still doesn't look like a dolphin to me. Blame my biology background.

The exactness of your methods sends a geeky little thrill through me.

All this math just warms my nerdy, technological heart. :)

That's just so pretty. When did Windsor Button start selling yarn? I miss Windsor Button-- I used to live in the Somerville and work at North End Fabrics-- have you been there long enough to remember that wonderful wonderful store (it's gone now...)--around the corner...

Wow! I completely did not see any dolphins, thinking on "leaf-like lace", until your highlighting; now I can't see the leaves for the dolphins! A very nice edging stitch indeed.

Eek! I never would have seen the dolphins until your sketch. :) I think that blocking the scarf a little longer and a little more narrow is a good bet, as long as it doesn't distort the pattern too much.

What model and where did you purchase your digital scale? I'm in the market for one, and I'm not sure what model to purchase.

I'm not a nerdy, tech type, but I wish I was one.

So there's the dolphin! Thanks for outlining it.

Am I the only one who sees the dolphins, but as nose pointing down toward the main body of the scarf and the tails as the scallops on the edge? (Eyes are the eylet created in the pattern.)

I need a scale and not just for my yarn. It would probably get more use in my kitchen. I appreciate your scientific and logical approach to knitting since I work in the sciences and must think like that as well.

I was given my 1st hank of SeaSilk as a Christmas gift..can't wait to use it!!

I dunno...kind of like seeing things in the clouds or the Rorschach ink blot test. But the math major in me is laughing at your geekiness!

I see it now. Very cool.

I see it now. Very cool.

Amazing! I had wondered why the motif was called 'dolphin' lace, and now I see it. Thanks! :-)

And it looks lovely in Sea Silk. :-)

Oooooooh so pretty!!! I love that color yarn and your shawl.
Cute conversation with your grandomother. She sounds like my grandmother "Mimi" with the "well, now that's enough; knit for someone else now". That is totally something my Mimi would say. Funny.

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