Thursday, March 19, 2015

Out of my mind?

I decided to start a new knitting project.

Nothing unusual there.

Except.....well, it is a pi shawl (yes, I am that math geek), and I did start it on March 14, which was Pi Day. Actually it was super Pi Day because it was March 14 of the year 2015 which is the first five digits of Pi - 3.1415.

This shawl is a large circular shawl and it has beads placed on it to represent accurately the night sky in the northern hemisphere.

What's not to love?

But I decided to colour code my beads to match the magnitude of the actual stars.

So I started with this chart.

and then using this chart that shows the algorithm of how the shawl is constructed....

I got out all my tools to add the colours to the beading chart.

It isn't as daunting as it first seemed.

Here is my progress so far - I am ready to start chart E and I have 288 stitches. The colourway of the wool is Scandinavian Fjord. How perfectly northern is that?

I can see the big dipper already. Can you?

(Hint - the red bead in the centre is the north star)

Maybe I am not out of my mind, but this shawl is going to be out of this world!


  1. Wow! Lots of math and science here! Love the colour of the yarn, and can't wait to see the finished product.

  2. You can be sure I will blog about the finished project - onto chart E today - colours in place!

  3. You never cease to amaze me! What a crazy but fantastic project. Can't wait to see the finished project.

    1. it is going faster than I thought...Finished project can't be too far in the future.

  4. That shawl will be full of brilliance, for the pattern and for the backstory about Pi day, plus your adaptation according to the magnitude.


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