I have a case of senioritis. A bad one. With only a week and a half of classes left, I’m ready to be done. As a result, I’ve been doing more knitting than I probably should.
My first project comes from the book Mini Knitted Woodland by Sachiyo Ishii. It’s a dangerous book. The projects are all tiny and adorable and woo you with the thought of “Well, it’ll only take me an hour to finish.” NO! Put the book down. Yes, each project only takes a couple hours, but once you start you will not want to stop because you are so close to a finished project. It’ll be a great book once I’m done with classes and finals but for now I think I need to hide it somewhere so I’m not tempted to make anything from it until I’m done with school. Here is the product of my afternoon yesterday (please ignore the mess in the background. I’m going through my stuff in preparation to move):
Like I said, the projects are adorable, but addicting.
In another chapter of the senioritis saga, I have learned that crocheting is not as terrible as I once thought. I always found it very confusing, but once you figure out the basic stitches, it isn’t so bad. I decided to learn how to crochet for real this time (I’d previously only crocheted a lopsided mini pig) and this teacup was the result.
It was all single crochet so pretty straightforward, but the end result is pretty cute for a first project if I do say so myself.
Ok, enough crafting. I need to get back to work.
Besides knitting, one of my favorite things is science. So it’s really exciting when the two get combined into Science Knits!. Apparently a lot of other people share these two passions- science knitting is so popular that Discovery Magazine even made a slideshow of some creative patterns (see it here). Here are a few of my favorites-
I’ve taken enough chemistry to see that chemists can be an odd lot (Which I think is great- it at least makes organic chemistry lecture at 9am more interesting). Here is a selection of chemistry themed patterns. First off, this section wouldn’t be complete without the blog Chemknits. My favorite chemistry knitting pattern is this caffeine molecule coffee cozy
Considering the fact that I pretty much live on coffee at this point, I think I’ll have to make this one. Equally wonderful is this tongue-in-cheek beer cozy which has the process of Ethanol metabolism diagramed on one side and the structure of ibuprofen on the other.
On a more tangible note, on Etsy you can download a pattern for an adorable frothing beaker or Erlenmeyer flask
I think biology is where science knitting really has its strong suit. Besides anatomically detailed to-scale Amigurumi animals and sea creatures, the science of biology and its assortment of molecules, chemicals, and techniques lends itself particularly well to interesting knitting patterns.
My personal favorite is this guide for knitting various microbe plushies. Aren’t they cute?
Then there’s the classic brain hat which I actually have the yarn for but haven’t gotten to yet due to the daunting amount of Icord knitting (and the fact that various other time-sensitive projects keep coming up)
I’ll leave you with the classic science knit pattern: the DNA scarf. This classic has been around for years and the cable pattern pops up on many other science knits. Here’s the original:
Well, after several days of moving, I’m finally in my new apartment! As you can see by the box in the corner, I’m not totally settled but I made sure to set up my yarn storage shelf! Right now the yarn is sorted (mostly) by weight with WIPs and spinning wool in the bins. Altogether, this gives me a nice little knitting nook to relax in after a long day of work and/or class.
I’ve seen a lot of blogs lately with yarn organization ideas and discussions- I know there’s a big debate over sorting by weight or color. Lion Brand’s facebook post of a storage system using peg board got me excited too.
So how do you organize your yarn? And where do you fall on the weight/color debate?