Monday, July 16, 2007

"Imagination is more important than knowledge"
-Albie Einstein

Being the nerd that I am (and I couldn't come up with a better title), I start you with one of my favorite quotes.

Someone had made told a story about having a roommate that had a huge periodic table on their wall. To this I said, "....And?"/aside: How FREAKISHLY reflective is my old licence plate??

But there is something special about this one. The first summer I did research, they were replacing the periodic tables and I asked if I could have one of the old ones. This one is from 1962. This is what I think is cool (in my nerdy sorta way:Element #74....The original name of this element was Wolfram and was changed to what we now know as Tungsten. I thought that was cool, but I am a nerd, aren't I?

To continue the nerdiness, check out what my Becky brought me back from Poland:In the center there is a depression that holds a tealight. Looks really pretty when lit. Why is it nerdy? Because my BFF got it for me because it is not a "rock", it is a halite crystal....aka NaCl....aka rock salt! BTW, this is HUGE, around 6x6x4".

Okay, ya'll want some knitting? Check it out:Pattern: Retro Redux Shrug from Lace Style
Yarn: Lion Brand CottonEase (1.5 skeins in Lake)
Needles: US8, 9, 10, 10.5
Size: 42"

Notes: I LOVE THIS SHRUG!!! You just can't beat it. The stitch count stays the same for the entire length, you just change needle sizes. A interchangable set is priceless. There is ALOT of give in the length (cuff to cuff) so I would base any sizing on your arm circumference.

I think the yarn worked really well with this pattern. I wore this to work and after about 8 hours, it had stretched a bit and wasn't very "snug". But a washing AND drying took it back to normal.

When I do it again, I will keep the stitch count the same, but make it shorter. Like I said, there is alot of give in the length and I could easily afford to make it shorter.


Bezzie said...

Hey, I learned something new about tungsten today! But that periodic table is something that your grandkids will take to Antiques Roadshow. ;-)

Nice shrug! I like the idea of just switching needles. Clever!

Haley said...

So, that shrug is fabulous. I'll pay you if you make me one. One day in the near future I'll call you. I was in Rosslyn the other day looking at apartments and thought of you. You should know why.

chemgrrl said...

Really cute shrug! And the periodic table...I'm 532 nm with envy. Hah! I nerded you back.

weezalana said...

I'll bet that makes it a vintage collectible periodic table of elements! ;)

Great job on the shrug, it looks fab on you!

Jen Da Purse Ho said...

that vintage table of elements rocks. and that tea light thing rocks too. hahahaahaha.

your shrug is fabulous. i want to make one now. and i LOVE cotton ease! the color you picked is sweet!

Manda said...

I LOVE that shrug.. :) and thanks for teh Chemistry lesson. :D

IrishgirlieKnits & PashyKnits said...

That shrug looks fabulous on you!! Its on my must-knit list! Great job!