Toasty Toes

You might remember from a few weeks ago how I made a pair of worsted weight socks for my mom. I didn’t realize it when I started my project, but I actually had enough of that yarn for 2 pairs of socks. And my feet have been cold lately.

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Now my feet are toasty warm! What shall I finish next?

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Pattern: Rye by Tin Can Knits (with a Fish Lips Kiss Heel)

Yarn: Cascade 220 Heather in 9489 (Red Wine)

Needles: US 4 / 3.5 mm

Finished but not

The joy of knitting socks is that halfway through you have a finished object. The frustration of knitting socks is that you still have a second (hopefully identical) sock to make.

sock

The joy of knitting a blanket (composed of blanket squares) is that partway through you have a finished square. The frustration of knitting a blanket is that you have lots more squares to do.

square

(I am proud of myself for estimating exactly half the ball of yarn when I knit this square. It makes the rest of my blanket calculations easier.)

Fibonacci

1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89…

The Fibonacci Series is a fascinating mathematical development. It has intrigued me since a friend introduced me to it in college. The Fibonacci Sequence is a series of numbers that builds on itself. Starting with 1, each number is added to the number before it to create the next number in the sequence. So 1+nothing=1; 1+1=2; 2+1=3; 3+2=5, etc.

Why am I geeking out about numbers? I assure you, this is not my normal MO. I want to make a blanket based on the Fibonacci Series. You see, the series is not just about numbers. If you translate those numbers into squares you come up with this:

34-21-fibonacciblocks

And if you draw a diagonal line across each square you get pretty darn close to the Golden Spiral (which is another geeky mathematical equation).

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So my blanket will end up looking like this:

And here is the first square!

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I’m such a nerd.

Atlantis Yarns

A while ago I won a giveaway! Talya from Duck and Cover had dyed 2 lovely skeins of yarn for an online yarn shop she was planning to start. She wasn’t happy with how they came out (I have no idea why, because the yarn she sent me is incredible), so she gave them away to commenters on her blog. The colours are bright and saturated and blend well together. And the yarn base is very soft. If this didn’t meet her exacting standards I imagine the yarns she ended up including in her collection are out of this world!

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Atlantis Yarns opened earlier today, and Talya has some real gems in there! The yarn I won was called Sea of Green, which is not a colorway she is offering right now (but I really hope she will. It’s gorgeous!), but it seems to be similar to Shipwreck. I can’t wait to cast on a Song of the Sea using this gorgeous yarn!

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