Last night, as he often does, Sweetie stopped by the shop to visit with us while we were at work. He noticed the project my coworker, Sandy, was working on and things took off from there.
Sweetie: What are you knitting?
Sandy: A sock blankie.
Sweetie: For a cat?
Sandy: No, for a human-size bed.
Sweetie: Wait, wait…are all the squares going to be that small?
Sweetie: So…you’re going to finish in about 20 years or so.
Sandy: Well, I was thinking I could finish by July, but it could take a little longer…
Complex mathematical calculations ensued, and Sweetie estimated that a blanket of the target size at the rate that Sandy is currently knitting would take her approximately 300 days to complete. That doesn’t account for Sandy getting bored with the project and moving on or the blanket getting so big that it’s no longer portable.
Sandy disagreed with the time frame. She’s a pretty fast knitter and thinks she can beat Sweetie’s estimate.
Then came the bet.
They even put it into writing.
In order to win, Sandy must complete her sock blankie to the dimensions of 54″ x 75″ (overhang optional) by 31 March 2010. If she wins, Sweetie makes her a custom ceramic vase in which she can store her needles. If Sweetie wins, Sandy cooks us a homemade Italian meal.
This should be interesting.