Count and Recount


Seventy-two is divisible by two, four, six, eight, twelve, eighteen, twenty-four, and thirty-six. It is twelve times six. It is the sum of four consecutive prime numbers (13 + 17 + 19 + 23), six consecutive prime numbers (5 + 7 + 11 + 13 + 17 + 19), and is considered to be “room temperature” in degrees Fahrenheit. A regular pentagon (a pentagon with all five sides of the same length) has five angles that are each seventy-two degrees. The average number of heartbeats per minute of a resting adult is seventy-two.

(I got a lot of those from Wikipedia. I don’t just know a lot about the number seventy-two.)

Seventy-two is an important number right now for me because it’s the number of stitches in a scarf I’m working on. I’m not following one specific pattern, but rather the idea outlined in Jill McGee’s My Favourite Things Infinity Scarf (Ravelry link, must be logged in). The basic idea is an infinity scarf with various colorwork patterns, of which the knitter chooses for his/herself. As well as a few starter patterns, she provides links to other people’s scarves that they’ve shared with her. Many link patterns and charts that they used for others to find as well.

I started the scarf as a learning project. I desperately wanted to learn color knitting but I didn’t know where to start. I was going through the downloaded patterns on my laptop over Christmas break, looking for a pattern to use up my stash, when I found My Favourite Things. It was too perfect.

I’m now obsessed with colorwork. I thought I would stop when the scarf hit five feet but now it’s five feet and three inches (my height exactly) and I don’t want to stop. I still have like four designs I want to use, and I want to wait until next week to find out if I got into my ED school, and in the event that I do, I’ll knit the logo into the scarf, too. So I have a new goal. Seventy-two inches. I always liked symmetry.

Inspired by The Daily Post’s prompt for today: numbers