Episode 18 features a classroom lesson on mathematics and knitting. You’ll also find out about our January Valedictorians and the winner of our January U-Turn Project. I talk about the Ravellenic Games, which started today, our never-ending winter, the knitting projects I’ve been working on, the latest book I finished, and a review of the Knitters Pride Symphonie Dreamz interchangeable needle sets. Listen to the show for all the details!
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Awards and Scholarships
Cayenne from Utah (windybrookspins — post #47)
Mary Jo from Ohio (mjandrew — post #90)
January U-Turn Project Winner:
Ryoko from Colorado (sobahime — post #16)
Yay! Congratulations to our January prize winners!
Reminders and Announcements
Post your finished objects for February in this month’s Graduating Class thread on Ravelry for a chance to win Valedictorian prizes at the end of the month. One Valedictorian will win a project bag of their choice from Halcyarn Knitting Accessories; the other will win a skein of yarn of their choice from Evermore Studios.
Post your U-Turn Projects for February in that thread to enter the prize drawing at the end of the month. The winner will receive a small pottery bowl from LizKitzerow Etsy Shop and a set of stitch markers made by me.
The Ravellenic Games starts today!! Post your finished Ravellenics projects in this thread. At the end of the games I will be randomly selecting one lucky winner who will get a Grand Prize:
It’s a beautiful yarn bowl from Shady Lane Ceramics. Good luck to you Ewe U Ravellenians! I am excited to see what everyone accomplishes. 🙂 Listen to the show to find out what I’ll be working on.
It’s more of the same old thing…the weather is super cold and we have a lot of snow! I opened a thread on Ravelry so that we can show off the beauty where we live, and I love the pictures that have been posted so far! Please, those of you living in warm or tropical climates, share your beach and warm weather photos for those of us who are stuck in the arctic deep freeze. In the show I ramble about school a little bit and give you an update on my Postcrossing cards I received over the past couple of weeks as well as the beautiful cards and post cards I’ve gotten from my wonderful friends. Thank you all!
I also got some gorgeous new yarn from Fiber Fangirl:
The Academic Status of My Knitting Projects
I have been on a roll for the past two weeks! I finished two projects — yay!
Twisted Edge Shawlette by Cayenne DaBell
Yarn: Marigoldjen MCN fingering weight in the Ninja colorway
Needles: I think it was a U.S. size 6?
Spick and Spats by Madeleine Pippa Bartlett
Yarn: Handspun given to me by my friend, Chris, in Australia; Aslan Trends Del Cerro
Needles: U.S. size 8
Knitmore Vanilla Socks by Jasmin Canty
Yarn: Wandering Cat Yarns Barn Cat — 80% superwash merino, 20% nylon fingering weight; Witching Hour colorway
Needles: U.S. size 1
Vanilla socks (8 stitches per inch) from Getting Started Knitting Socks by Ann Budd
Yarn: Cascade Heritage Hand Painted — 75% superwash merino, 25% nylon; color 9931 (browns & tans)
Needles: U.S. size 1
Sock it to Me for Girls (baby sweater) from the Sock Yarn One Skein Wonders book
Yarn: Crazy Lady Sock from Evermore Studios — 75% superwash merino, 25% nylon — Berry Blend colorway
Needles: U.S. size 5
At the Library
At the end of January I finished The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches, the newest book in the Flavia deLuce series by Alan Bradley. I liked it a lot. Listen to the show to find out why.
This week I review the Knitters Pride Symphonie Dreamz interchangeable needle sets that I have — the Deluxe set and the Special set. I talk about my experiences with both of these sets and why they are my favorite go-to needles right now.
In the Classroom
Today’s lesson is about mathematics and knitting. I talk about an article that I read entitled Adventures in Mathematical Knitting which was in the March-April issue of Scientific American last year. It was written by Dr. Sarah Marie Belcastro, a mathematician who specializes in algebraic geometry and who also happens to be a knitter. She has edited two books on math and knitting: Making Mathematics with Needlework and Crafting by Concepts as well as authored numerous scientific papers. In this episode I review the history of knitted mathematical models and give an overview of some of the mathematical concepts involved in knitting. Interestingly, last month (January 2014) at the joint meeting of the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America in Baltimore, Maryland, there was a full day of scholarly talks on various topics involving math and the fiber arts. They even had a juried mathematical fiber art exhibit! One of the neatest things to come out of mathematical fiber arts in recent years is the crocheted hyperbolic models made by Dr. Daina Taimina, a mathematics professor at Cornell University. Her work was featured in a 2009 Ted Talk by science journalist Margaret Wertheim — it is so good it will give you goosebumps. You have to watch it!