Fibonacci Blanket – Update

I set my Fibonacci Blanket aside a few months ago when I ran out of yarn maddeningly close to the end of the square.

out of yarn

It sat in the naughty corner for a while, until I finally ordered another skein of this colour so I could get on with the knitting. The yarn came in, but the dye lot was more different than I expected. I pulled back a few rows and striped the original yarn with the new dye lot. Learn from my mistake: ALWAYS buy more yarn than you think you need.

dye lot

It’s different, but you don’t notice it too much from a little ways away…

squares

Any guesses what the next colour will be?

In Progress

My Fibonacci blanket is getting too big to cart around. Thusly, I have barely looked at it recently. This square is going to be done soon, though.

blanket

My Crochet shawl continues apace. As a knitter this is surprisingly easy to work on and I am enchanted with the play of light and colour in these two yarns.

shawl

My Pink Floyd socks are close to being finished. I have a few more inches left on the foot and then the toe and afterthought heel. I’m hoping to finish them this weekend.

socks

And here’s a sneak peek of a project I’m just about finished with! I can’t wait to tell you more about it next week! (Look, it has a pocket!!!)

shirt

Works in Progress

I have a lot of things I am actively working on. And a lot more things I want to start…. Here’s what’s in progress.

My Fibonacci Blanket: the 3rd square is almost done. It only gets bigger (much, much bigger) from here.

blanket

Pink Floyd Socks: One done. Now to start the 2nd…

sock

Raindrops and Wildflowers cowl: I’m 2/3 done knitting this. The pattern is written, but needs revision.

raindrops and wildflowers

Half Granny Shawl: I am surprised by how much I enjoy this and how easy it is to work on. It’s growing by the day.

granny

Rumplestiltskin yarn: My singles are spun, and I’m 1/3-1/2 done with plying. The main hurdle is stringing 63,871,688 beads. It’s so pretty, though, that it’s worth it. Pattern suggestions for when it’s done? I’m thinking a shawl.

rumplestiltskin

I’ve Kept Busy

progress

The blanket continues apace. I’m lucky to be able to do a good amount of my knitting at work. Simple projects require less concentration, so this blanket is perfect.

I also love to bake. This week I made Key Lime Pie (which turned out perfect, thanks for asking) and meringues. It just so happened that the pie called for 4 egg yolks and the meringues called for 4 egg whites. A match made in heaven!

What have you been busy with?

 

The Thing About Big Projects

I have a lot of big projects that I’m working on: A blanket, 2 shawls (both of which have been on the needles for months), my 2nd foray into cables, and I just finished socks. A lot of knitters don’t consider fingering weight socks to be a “big” project (after all, they go on your feet), but I do. And the thing about big projects is that they are hard to take pictures of. Pictures on the needles are bunched up and awkward and inside lighting is usually rubbish. And then it’s hard to show progress in photos without it looking like 20 of the same picture.

So here is me trying. Wish me luck!

lap blanketblanket squares

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).

800px-fibonacci_spiral_34-svg

So my blanket will end up looking like this:

And here is the first square!

square

I’m such a nerd.