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August 4, 2004

Just Like Algebra!

When I started the eighth grade, the first thing we did in math class was go over basic algebra, which we had learned at the end of the previous year. One of the other kids in my class had a visible "a-ha!" moment, and said that he finally understood algebra even though he had tried really hard the year before.

Understanding algebra, our teacher explained, requires that a switch be thrown in your brain that allows you understand it. Unfortunately you can't control the switch yourself -- so there's no guarantee that you'll "get" algebra the first time it's presented to you. He said that every year, in the first week of math class, he had an eighth grader whose "Algebra switch" had been thrown over the summer.

Same goes for knitting booties, I guess! When I first got the Knitting for Babies book, one of the first things that I tried was the "Stay-On Baby Bootie". It was a total disaster. Then, a few weeks ago, I tried again. This time it was smooth sailing. I used Wool Cotton and two No. 3 circs for most of the rounds, though I did need dpns for the instep. These are for a co-worker who's been especially helpful to me while working on an intense and frustrating project. His wife's expected their third child, a boy, any second now.

Posted by shannon at August 4, 2004 4:04 PM | For related posts: Miscellaneous Small Projects


Those are so nice I want to eat them.

Posted by: sarah at August 4, 2004 8:52 PM

Must. Have. Cute. Bootie. Pattern.

Posted by: alison at August 5, 2004 5:12 PM

oh, just too cute for words. i gotta knit those!

Posted by: froggy at August 15, 2004 11:30 AM