During the Month of July, while bicyclists tackle the Tour de France, spinners round the world participate in the Tour de Fleece. The Tour de Fleece has 3 objectives: Challenge Yourself. Spin. Have fun. While there are no hard and fast rules, there are a few basic guidelines: Spin every day that the Tour rides … Continue reading
First published on November 20, 2013 on goshencommons.org With the cold weather that moved in a couple of weeks ago, I needed to pull out my warm winter sweaters. As usual, the first sweater that came out of the cedar chest was my old Aran sweater. I don’t know about anyone else, but, when I … Continue reading
Now that 2012 is over and 2013 has begun, here is a summary of The Year of Mathematical Knitting and Crocheting. Hyperbolic Space Parallel lines and Triangles A Pseudosphere and a Symmetric Hyperbolic Plane A Hyperbolic Coral Reef – just for fun The Möbius Band The Klein Bottle Constructed by knitting one … Continue reading
Last week, I bought a skein of wonderful, soft, shiny, dyed tencel yarn. It was a spontaneous purchase. The local yarn shop owner offered to wind the skein into a ball using the shop ballwinder. I agreed. That was the first mistake. Such slippery yarn should never be balled using a ball winder. While winding … Continue reading
One of the things I want to do during this sabbatical year is to work on projects that combine knitting or crocheting with mathematical ideas. I have done some mathematically inspired projects in the past: Moebius purses, baskets, and cowls using Cat Bordhi‘s amazing Moebius cast-on, hyperbolic crochet inspired by Daina Tamina. There are more … Continue reading
My first laceweight shawl. I managed to knit this without once ripping back and getting confused. The first time I ever blocked anything of significance. The transformation is amazing. Now I want to knit more of these!
There are times when I am delusional about what I’m knitting. I start making something and it isn’t turning out quite like I expected and wanted and yet I keep going. That happened with the BIG sweater that I made for Pete. I should have known, while I was knitting it, that it was way … Continue reading
In my crafting, am I a product crafter or a process crafter? Is my main focus the final creation or is my main focus the act of creation? I was thinking about this a couple of days ago, especially as it relates to my Ravelry activity in the Ravelry Group HPKCHC (Harry Potter Knitting and … Continue reading