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Monday, December 17, 2007

Red Sleeves, Continued


I got some work done on the sleeves for my red cardi this weekend. I've got about 15 cm to go before I get to the sleeve caps, and let me tell you - for an American with only a nodding acquaintance with the metric system (I know it exists, and it's on the other side of my tape measures) 15 cm means practically nothing. If I think about it, I know that 10 cm is 4 inches (and also a goal to reach for when you're in labor), I also know that 1 inch equals 2.54 cm, but beyond those two numbers, trying to do the math in my head tends to give me a headache and while I can estimate inches and partial inches fairly accurately, doing anything in the metric system takes a lot of measuring. I'm just glad it IS on the other side of my tape measures!

Oh, I just remembered that I know that 1 ounce equals 28.4 grams - this is useful to know for spindle shopping and weighing out fiber. So I guess I know two things about the metric system. WOW!



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know that 1 pound equals 2.2 kilograms, and 1 tsp equals 5 ml. That's OK for figuring medicine dosages in the hospital, but not so much for knitting!! But I have finally caught on that 4" equals 10 cm. I'm also glad it's on the back of my measuring tape.

10:04 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

Here's another one for you, from a Canadian, 30cm is about 12 inches. So, rock on those last 6 inches of your sleeves!

I too, am glad for the double sided tape measure. Now to do something about those needles sizes....

10:24 AM  
Blogger Claire said...

I'm a brit, who in the same drinks order, buys a pint of beer, a 250ml glass of wine, a 30ml shot of spirits, and a "large" Diet Coke. I can do metric OR imperial, but can't manage flipping between the two - we were all taught in all metric at school, but practically, the UK uses Imperial for anything it can!

11:31 AM  
Blogger shell said...

The Red Cardi is looking good. I totally get the whole issue with the metric system. Wish we could just go with one or the other.

12:44 PM  
Anonymous Gretch said...

A gallon of water weighs 7.34 pounds. This has nothing to do with metrics, but it's my little tidbit...

3:32 PM  
Blogger Debidee said...

I'm Canadian and I was raised on both imperial and metric. When I'm converting one to the other in my head, I remember 15cm equals about 6 inches 'cause that's the length of those short rulers in a math set kit :)
More goodies from common measurements: a metre is about 39" (all our yardsticks became metre-sticks), 454 grams in a pound (sold-by-weight items are usually packaged in 500 grams now), and a litre is only slightly less than a quart. Don't ask me about Celsius and Farenheit though, that one still confuses me!

7:51 AM  

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