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Old 03-14-2006, 10:46 PM   #1
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Pi and Yarn
Happy Pi Day...today is March 14th, 3/14 expressed numerically. Anyone remember 3.14 blah blah blah from math class?

So what's that got to do with yarn? Well, I saw on Knitty Gritty once that when you're coming to the end of a skein and want to know if there's enough to do another row, spread the remaining yarn across the work and if it goes back and forth a little more than three times, you should have enough left to finish the row. Has to do with the fact that knitting needles are round and pi = 3.14. Sorry I can't explain much more than that.

I find that pi relates to my yarn purchases as well. If I buy yarn online, I generally end up with about 3 times more than I intended to buy (have to justify the shipping charge, after all). If I buy yarn in a store, I also end up with about 3 times more than I intended to buy (can't resist something lovely, who can?).

So I'm convinced that this is Pi theory at work and who am I to challenge the math powers that be??? :rofling:

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Old 03-14-2006, 11:02 PM   #2
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That must be it. :rofling:
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Old 03-14-2006, 11:05 PM   #3
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That post made me hungry. Now I want some Pie!
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Old 03-14-2006, 11:10 PM   #4
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Thanks! Now I have a scientific method to explain the size of my stash!!
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Old 03-14-2006, 11:23 PM   #5
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I refuse to think about pi unless its cherry. :D
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Blueberry, pumpkin or coconut cream for me, thank you!

Love your discussing about 3/14 pi, though!! :rofling: I always wondered why my stash appears to multiply on its own!
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Old 03-15-2006, 09:59 AM   #7
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Mmmmmm, pie

I love how knitting can improve your math skills!! I'm just learning about the Fibonacci sequence for striping:

http://www.magknits.com/chilly04/patterns/fib.htm

If only I had knitted while I was in school, my math grades would be way better!
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Originally Posted by ella
Fibonacci sequence
Cool link! I thought that maybe Fibonacci was some new Italian designer!!
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