I guess that might well be the same for other people as well.
But in between the dramas of life as part of a large family, life on a wee bit of land, the water watching, the driftwood and shell gathering, the planting, sewing, and weeding of our large garden, the bonfires on the beach and BBQ there as well, the prevention of possum attacks, the feather pulling (plucking) of 10 Peacocks, Peahens and turkeys after some crazy youngsters went out shooting in the night. The farmers are pleased to reduce the numbers of large birds wandering over their hills, but the plucking – now that was a big job and we have many feathers to work with on projects next year.
As I was saying – in between I have managed a wee bit of knitting as you can see.
The Cot blanket and the Mohini scarf are presents – not Christmas presents though. The Neck Warmer/Cowl is on the needles now and is just because I need to be knitting.
I am hoping grandson will help with the tree if Best Beloved has remembered to purchase it today. Baking of Scandinavian biscuits will be done on Thursday now with my daughter and grandson. That is something we haven’t managed to do together in years. It was a tradition that we baked together and her friends would join in, always a great day. Maybe grandson will bring a friend to bake with us if we are better organised next year.
So we still have presents to buy, a tree and house to decorate, baking to do, and so on. But as always we will make it, somehow.
There is always a tinge of sadness and a bringing back of memories of people and Christmases past at this time of the year. This year is the first Christmas for Best Beloved and I without any parents as sadly Best Beloveds mother passed away aged 89 in August. It is amazing how that changes one.
The 987 stitches are spread over 3 circular needles size 6mm x 80cm. A longer length could be easier – but I don’t have one. Next increase row will give me the scary sum of 1597 stitches. Will need 4 circular needles I think.
Can you see the capelet to be?
Let me know please!
My new Fibonacci neck warmer/capelet. This piece has now been increased to 610 stitches. The shape is fabulous, I hope I have a longer circular needle so I can increase to 1597 or even to 2584. I might not have sufficient yarn for 2584 stitches but will wait and see.
The yarn is Moda Vera Bouvardia, 70% acrylic, 30% wool. colour green, 104-06, lot 2
Just a little.
My knitting was not actually intended to be such a close rendition of a wing shape. I am working on a scarf or shawl depending on my mood and my ability to count and then to knit what could be 610+ stitches with umpteen short rows.
Fibonacci is such a surprising sequence, this knitting does have short rows of 2 stitches – not the Fibonacci Sequence at all, but all the increases follow the Fibonacci Sequence.
I hope someone out there has other ideas for knitting with the Fibonacci Sequence for shaping – and they will let me know the secrets – soon before my brain shuts down.
What on earth can one do when a thought process will not disappear into the ether and let one rest. Right now I am knitting the Fibonacci Sequence again and again.
Well, I first knitted the sequence back in June 2011 in the Netherlands, not long before we started our journey back to New Zealand. In the past 12 months it has crept into my consciousness a number of times and I have allowed it to waffle away and managed to ignore it and it has gone away again. But recently it came back and in a moment of weakness I decided to work on it again. Now this is not a sequence of colours, or stitch patterns in the sequence, but a piece knitted using the sequence for increases. What I am doing is knitting starting with 1 stitch and increasing on each other row the next number as per the Fibonacci Sequence, which means that one gets to a huge number of stitches rather quickly and the result doesn’t make any sense to me.
I want to see a flat knitted piece displaying “The Golden Mean”, but it doesn’t do that. Now when you look at the figures it is really obvious why – I mean you start with 1 and on row 37 if you follow the sequence as an increase in the number of stitches, you would have 10,946 stitches on your needles and lots of waves and spirals and floating seaweed type knitted fabric when you cast off.
Why on earth would you do that? My first Fibonacci sequence went to 2,584 stitches (I think) and that was an inelegant sufficiency of stitches. Would you do that? Well, I won’t again, but the sequence won’t shut up.
I am on my 4th sequence now.
Sequence 1 – increase the numbers over the left hand side of the stitches (twice now), knitted in garter stitch.
Sequence 2 – increase the stitches over the centre group of stitches (didn’t like the result), knitted in garter stitch.
Sequence 3 – increase the stitches as per sequence 1, with short rows between the increase row and the full return row. Knitted in Stocking stitch.
Sequence 4 – I haven’t decided how yet – I have decided on the yarn (the ball has no band so I cannot tell you what it is) It will probably be knitted on size 4.5mm circular needles, although that could change once I settle down to it.
How will I apply the sequence?
I haven’t a clue!
Please don’t ask why I am bothering – it is simply cause the numbers will not go away – so my hope is that if I explore it, the Fibonacci Sequence that is – it will go away. If you know how to knit this as a lovely flat but curly piece that presents “The Golden Mean” – please tell me so sequence 4 is the last one I will ever need to do.
Maybe it should be Entrelac, maybe endless short rows, maybe I should be writing my pattern for the sleeveless jacket that many have asked for. Maybe that project will make Fibonacci go away.
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