Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Doilies... for science!


Hey folks!
I was doodling away last week and came up with some ideas I'd like to play with knitting. The main idea is that knitting can always be divided up into rows - mathematically we'd call this(ironically) a fibred surface. But this has some consequences - if you want to knit a shape, you start off by picking a fibration. If, though, you picked a different fibration, you could knit the same shape, but come up with a radically different pattern, and a radically different look. A very simple example would be if you were to knit a rectangle lengthwise rather than width-wise(if that's a word). I've come across examples of this elsewhere, such as (the awesome) Nona's Sidewinder socks, Ysolda's sideways hat Urchin, and especially this absolutely amazing sweater(which presumably belongs to Numei.com, but I haven't been able to find there), but I'm looking to take this idea a bit further.

My first experiment with this idea goes like this - I want to take a question mark, and knit it into a doilie, but in such a way that the question mark is actually a row in the pattern, so it's somehow intrinsic to the fabric somehow.
Or course, while I'm arranging my rows in interesting and nontrivial rows, it would be a shame not to throw in some lace. this will be relatively simple this time around, but I'm really hoping that in future attempts I'll be able to make this a bit more extreme and take advantage of the interesting shapes to make some really interesting lace patterns, but I don't have much experience with lace yet, and I really wouldn't be able to create my own.

Oh yes, and you might wonder why I chose a question mark? Well, primarily because it was the first symbol I found which was simple enough to do this with, but also this is supposed to symbolise inquisitiveness, the need to always find out more which I think lies behind all good science.

So there you have it - Science doily!
Hugh.

3 comments:

miya^^ said...

This sounds like a fun project :) can't wait to see how it turns out!

Jhadur said...

Ah, it's a little on hold actually - the first attempt didn't work out too well because I didn't think through the shaping for the circle, and I'm still deciding if I still like the pattern for it - because it breaks the question mark up into segments it's not *quite* true to the original idea.
So I'm thinking I might sort out the maths and do something a bit more complicated instead, but the maths is a little tricky...

Hugh.

MadeleineS said...

This won't help with your patterns but have you seen these science doillies?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/58834313@N00/440706565/