Friday, September 07, 2007

Zeno's paradox

As I recall from my high school days, when I studied ancient Greek philosophers, one of Zeno's paradoxes was that if one plucks one hair off the tail of a horse, the tail is not decreased in size. And if one plucks another hair, the tail still looks the same. And so on and so forth. Thus, one can keep plucking away, but the tail will still be there.

Kind of knitting from a cone of yarn, is it not? One can knit a row, and the cone does not noticeably change in appearance. One keeps knitting, and at the end of the night, the cone still looks pretty much the same.

Zeno's paradox has been sustaining my knitting recently, as I attempt to knit Notre Dame De Grace (IK summer 2007) from a cone of alpaca yarn, purchased from an organic farm several years ago, which came with no information on yardage, only the weight (1 Lbs).

So far I got the back, the front and the collar. The cone does look quite a bit skinnier (apologies to Zeno for noticing this minor discrepancy), and the unanswerable question is: is there enough for two sleeves?

Zeno, I trust in you, pal, OK?


Blogger Martita said...

Zeno's full of shit. Pluck enough hairs out of a horse's tail and it'll start to look bald.

But I do hope you have enough yarn! ;)

9:52 AM  

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