Thursday, June 2, 2011
What to Knit?
Back to the potential projects. I tend to over-estimate how quickly I knit (even with timed proof to the contrary), and so tend to add extra skeins of yarn thinking, just in case I get finished. For a portable project, I need to keep a couple of considerations in mind. First, I will be in the back of a car, so it will be helpful to not have a lot of tools to keep track of (scissors, crochet hook, stitch markers) and not have to change between different skeins of yarn. On the other hand, I don’t want a project so big that it takes up too much room – as my backpack is supposed to have the notebook and other class supplies. Sounds like something medium-sized, like a scarf or shawl, will be perfect. And, probably, since we’ll be bouncing around on the road, something fairly simple, so I don’t have to interpret a pattern or keep count of stitches too much if we are talking in the car.
Let’s look around, and see what kinds of yarns and projects I have planned for this summer, to see what might fit the bill. I’m in a rainbow phase right now, and want to make one of my tube scarves in rainbow stripes. Very fun, but will require carting around 6 skeins of yarn at a time – definitely out.
I’ve got the makings of several other projects too – crocheting fun trim on flip flops, knitting baby hats & booties, knitting head kerchiefs. All easy and portable, but are quick projects, so will require tools to finish them off, or have several pieces to carry around.Fibonacci Scarf.
I've had specific interest in the Fibonacci numbers ever since it was used in a sculpture for our new Math & Science building. I have to say, the reason I knew about the Fibonacci Sequence was from the Da Vinci Code, not from any scholastic endeavors. I like patterns and odd math or science facts, so I cued into it in the story, and like the pattern of it. If you don't know offhand what it is, I'm sure you've heard of it. The pattern goes "1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34" and on and on. The sequence adds the last two numbers to get the next number in the sequence. This pattern has been found in many objects in nature, like a shell's spiral, a pinecone's tabs or sunflower's seeds.