Monday, July 30, 2012

How Big is 10 Centimeters Anyways?

I just started working on a sweater pattern called Buttercup by Heidi Kirrmaier that I found on Ravelry. It is a loose fitting short sleeved tunic with feather and fan lace at the neck line. I am using Amy Butler's organic cotton and wool blend, which is simply delightful to knit with. I am into my 3rd ball and no knots! This is a great pattern for first time sweater makers as it doesn't really have anything difficult going on with it. It was perfect for my car ride to the Detroit area this past weekend.

The only struggle that I am having has to do with the measurements. Heidi uses centimeters. I don't think in centimeters, I think in inches. You know what I mean, when someone says 4 inches, I can hold up my thumb and first finger and gesture 4 inches. So, I got past the lace portion of the sweater, got the sleeves off on stitch holders and then read the line "work to 10 cm." I was wracking my brain trying to figure out how long 10 cm might be. It seems silly that I would not know this. But I don't. I really don't.

Thankfully I am saved by my tape measure yet again. Some wonderfully intelligent person has printed both centimeters and inches on my tape measure. And now I know that 10 cm is 4 inches.

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