Brother and Sis-In-Law stopped by for a surprise visit on Sunday afternoon...and once again Brother said something amazing.
I was showing Sis-In-Law some of my yarn and patterns for current/future projects. One of these was for a shawl/vest thing knit out of lace weight. I showed Brother the yarn and told him that the garment took just shy of 1000 yards.
"Really...that's almost a mile!" (Actually...it was only about 5/8 of a mile, but close enough.)
"Really? I hadn't ever thought of that." I picked up the shawl I had just finished and told him that it had taken about 450 yards.
"Well, that's about a quarter of a mile then!"
Turns out that a mile is 1760 yards. Which I knew. I had just never connected yarn quantities with distance before.
Brother and I went through and converted some of my projects over into mileage. A sweater was a mile. A wrap was a half mile. A pair of socks is a quarter of a mile.
"You should start telling people that," Brother said. "A quarter of a mile of knitting sounds a lot more impressive."
He has a point.