More Math Today, but no QuiZ!

A. Short Lesson. Optional . Skip to B for Knitting.

Here we are, Fireman and I , measuring the height of a tree. Unbeknownst to me, Fireman has known this math magic, for a long time. Hence, he can fall a tree with confidence that it will go where he wants it to. We have taken down at least 15, or 16, trees since we bought the house and the forest 4 years ago.

So , just like there are tricks in knitting, (tell me yours later!) , there are tricks, important ones, in forestry.

I’ll explain in a way, that you WILL have to go back and you tube it for sure if you plan to take a tree down soon. So you take a straight item, and you put it next to your eye. (we are talking a broom handle or pipe).

Then you point the end at the base of the tree and move your hand at the same time. Eyeball, haha, the place your hand slid to.

Then you flip the stick so the shortest part is like this:

And you walk forwards until the tip of the tree top is at the measuring sticks’ top. THen make a Mark on the ground by your foot where you stopped walking when you saw the treetop . Then you take a measuring tape and measure the distance from where you ended up standing , to the tree trunk. That will give you a good estimate of a tree’s height. Ours came to 40 feet.

If you are a pioneer or someone in the Donner Party, (just kidding I’m not going there) you can use another formula with your foot stride , that will give you an estimate as well. (Because A pioneer might not have a magnetic measuring tape.)

Who knew? Go measure something….


I am in denial about no more paddle boarding. Fireman and I could try it, today. Fireman says no, we are done. It is only 61 out, but sunny and we could dress warmly. THe winds are 20 mph. That’s the trouble. He says leave it that our last paddle over the weekend was undeniably our best, longest and quietest. Well ,even if we don’t go On the lake, I want to sit by it . And…knit by it.

C. So Rhinebeck starts this week. ! I am going to go to a virtual event at some point. Al told me SHOW ME YOUR RHINEBECK SWEATER goes live at 4 pm chicago time on Thursday. THat’s my favorite part of Rhinebeck. But, you can catch reruns of it on you tube for a long time. So , if you have to miss it at 4, fear not.

D. These little flowers are so great for fall. And for our Day of the Dead plans!

E. I am knitting. I really have been. No big shock here, I’m ditching Stevie shawl. I’ve cast on and knitted to the 18th Row or so, 4 times, and I give up around there each time. Why? I don’t honestly know. I think it is too much with those size 15 needles. I feel like I am struggling with every stitch over the wire and the needle. It has yet to feel smooth. I love the yarn, and I will knit with it. But, there was this sweater in Oklahoma’s yarn shop and I want to knit it.

I can’t get her out of my mind. It is a trick the knitting gnomes play on me. I’m going to call them and purchase the pattern and yarn , I think……

F. Here’ s my knitting trick:

I never cast on stitches in sections for double point needle set ups. I always cast all 48, Say for socks, on one needle. I work one row and can see when I then divide them and join, that they are not twisted. Please share any tip. Everyone seems to have one that somebody hasnt heard of yet! THanks.

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17 thoughts on “More Math Today, but no QuiZ!

  1. I’ve used the measuring trick when we are curious about how tall a tree ‘really’ is! Cool thing is math!


  2. I love the tree measuring trick! That is soooo cool. My method for casting on for dpn is similar to yours. I knit on one long needle and work back and forth for a few rows before slipping onto dpns or circs. When the sock is complete, I have just a very small 2 or 3 row section to seam up. Definitely worth the effort when trying to casts on tiny stitches on tiny needles.


  3. Very clever way to measure trees! It’s probably not to paddleboard when it’s iffy out. You will get back to it next summer πŸ™‚ You have to knit what feels right to you – if the shawl isn’t working, then it isn’t meant to be. Can’t wait to see your sweater!


  4. I’m with FM.. quit while you’re ahead.. you had a glorious last day. The last thing you need is to push it and have a bad day which will color your feelings about it until you can do it again next summer. I think knitting beside it with a thermos of a hot drink is a better idea. ((hugs)), Teresa πŸ™‚


  5. Ellen D. you are not a knitter and yet you read the blog! You made me so happy! I’ll have to post the clip about measuring the tree again. I didn’t ‘explain it well! Only Deb really got it.


  6. I’m with some of the others, I can’t quite wrap my brain around the measuring trick. Dennis and I were just talking last night that we’re so glad we winterized the small trailer after our trip last week. It is cold, rainy and really windy now. It was much more pleasant and leaves better memories this way. So, I’m with Fireman, remember the great times and you’ll anticipate next spring much happier.
    No knitting tricks for me. I just listen to everyone else’s and incorporate the ones that work for me into my routine.


  7. I vaguely remember learning the measuring tip, but I’ve never used it. Knitting tip: use the little plastic dodads that close bread sacks as yarn bobbins. I promise if you do, you will never knit with the cast on tail again!


  8. I am still drowning in confusion after reading your Tree Measuring Instructions. I am LOST.

    Rick was so down after pulling our boat on Saturday. But I’m tired of pulling the boat in freezing rain or icy winds. Better to pull it now when we had decent weather, knowing it’s too cold to really enjoy a boat ride in October, even on sunny days. He can kayak if he needs to get out on the water.

    Maybe you need to just knit a pretty, yet easy, triangular K1,YO type shawl. After all, don’t you just want to knit something for the therapeutic value?


  9. I use the space between knuckles on my forefinger to measure an inch. And I measure a length of yarn from my nose to my outheld hand for 36 inches. Yes, it’s quite nice here in southern Wisconsin today, but not warm enough to risk a swim.


  10. I recall learning how to measure the height of trees using triangulation ‘way back in school, but have never used it.
    However, I clearly recall my professor in Astronomy 101 teaching us how to accurately measure a UFO, using one’s outstretched arm and thumb. Haven’t used it yet, but am hopeful!


  11. No DPN tricks here, as I don’t use them. However, if I’m going to use circulars for something, I cast on on straights, then knit the stitches onto the circulars. Circulars are too floppy for me when I try to cast on directly.


  12. That’s a very clever way to measure. I’ll have to share that with The Mister. We are always trying to figure out how tall our monster trees are.
    I do your one needle trick to if I am casting on a lot of stitches like for the bottom of a sweater. I twisted one once and it was a terrible moment when I realized it. It was my Lillehammer sweater and there were hundreds of stitches. Hundreds.


  13. My friend Deb is in denial about putting her motorcycling away for the winter. LOL I am going to have to agree with Fireman on paddle-boarding. πŸ™‚


  14. I am not sure about your measuring tip – just can’t wrap my brain around it! I agree with your Fireman that you should stay out of the water as it is getting too cold. What are those little flowers – they are very sweet! I am afraid I don’t have any knitting tips because I am not a knitter. It amazes me what all you knitters can accomplish when all I have ever knitted are scarves! Anyway, Thanks for posting and enjoy your beautiful lake views!


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