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« on: September 05, 2008 11:57:38 PM »

This semester, I'm taking calculus at a community college. Our first test is on Monday, and I want to make sure I'm prepared, so I've started studying a few days in advance. I went in to the computer room the other day to hit the books, when, much to my surprise, I discovered that my graphing calculator had gone missing!

Calculus book, check. Notes and paper, check. Pencil, check. Calcu- wait, an abacus!? How on earth am I supposed to use an abacus?! I can barely manage my high tech graphing calculator, let alone an ancient Chinese counting frame with no numbers...Upon closer inspection...

...I discovered that...

My graphing calculator was disguising itself as an abacus all along!

So now it has a cute new protective cozy, and I'll be the coolest girl in school  Cool

Notes: I don't have the making of pictures, because my camera was going on internal memory when I took them and I didn't realize that the card wasn't in it. I took some though, honest! To make this, I single crocheted 2 rectangles (one with a triangle on the end for the flap), using the calculator as a guide for size. The abacus was made with embroidery, with the frame being 2 rows of cable stitch and backstiching used for the black "wires" and putting the beads on. Then the two rectangles were stitched together on three sides, and the button loop was added to the triangle tip, with the button being sewed on last. It was not made to look like a traditional Chinese abacus, but rather, my interpretation of one. This is the first challenge I've entered, and I'm just proud I've finished it (on time, it's 11:57pm Arizona time on Friday Wink) and that it turned out cute like I was hoping ^_^


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« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2008 12:12:41 AM »

as a fellow geek and lover of the calculator... i say this rocks.

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« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2008 02:45:36 AM »

This is really clever!
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« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2008 03:26:01 AM »

Very clever - love the abacus!

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« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2008 05:06:54 AM »

this is seriously rad.
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« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2008 05:20:43 AM »

Beautifully done! I love the idea.

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« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2008 05:32:58 AM »

This is absolutly fabulous. Very good idea and love how you came up with the design. Not only will you be cool you will have a place to keep your calculator safe. Great Job!  Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: September 06, 2008 05:46:06 AM »

Very cool, love the beads! I'm a math nerd too  Grin. Why can't all subjects be like math?!?!?!

If anything it gives you something to play with in class when you're bored.

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« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2008 08:45:37 AM »

Oh my goodness. I am absolutely in love with this (being a math geek).

BTW, I have the same calculator, but I bought a faceplate and cover to match my school colors.

...darn. I don't have the coolest calculator anymore.
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« Reply #9 on: September 06, 2008 08:50:37 AM »

that's really cute! 
can the beads actually move or are they sewn in place?

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