It’s winter break. I don’t have school to monopolize my brainpower any longer, and am spending this break trying to rest and be creative. Bear with me until mid-January, when I am taking Calc III, Physics I, and a maybe even a chemistry research topics class. I’ll be stressed out to the max, drowing in math, eating physics for breakfast and much more like my usual self.
Until then, what’s on my mind is my way of expressing myself creatively, one chosen by more than a few math and science types.
Knitting and math/science go beautifully together. Being an artful knitter requires both creativity in creating a pattern (if, like me, you design) and choosing a yarn and a stitch — as well as strong attention to detail and pattern-following ability. I’m down with that.
I’ve noticed that math/science people with an artistic bent tend to be crafters, not artists. There are exceptions — an acquaintance who is a math teacher and sculptor (very good at both!) springs to mind — but most of us nerd-creators tend to make things, not art.
I’m knitting it with Lion Brand Homespun in Harvest, a yarn that is pretty hideous in the skein.
But I saw it knitted up once, and it was breathtaking. Actually quite a bit like the yarn that the Harlot is using in her scarf.
I wanted to make one last scarf before I finish Rosie’s wristwarmers, and, yes, take the plunge at last. I consider myself to be an advanced intermediate knitter. The creation of just one thing stands between me and my self-definition of being an advanced knitter.
A real live actual sweater.
I’ll let you know how the scarf goes.