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I Want To Make This

This is the Cardioid Shawl that Wendy Gaal just knit:


It is so beautiful. I love it. She's offering it through Knitters Brewing, as part of a fund-raiser, the 2012 Fundraising Design for the Susan G Komen Foundation. You get the kit and knit it during the summer, and there is a drawing of finished shawls at the end of the months of May, June, July, and August for a prize! You can knit a shawl each month if you want to! I contacted Wendy to see if she thought I could cram all the stitches at the widest part of the shawl on a 14" needle, since I can't use circular needles anymore, and she thought I could. So now I'm just waiting to buy the yarn!

I could use one of two skeins of Sock-aholic (I have a skein of blue and a skein of orange, naturally), but in this case, because it's a fundraiser, you have to buy a skein of yarn to get the pattern and the commemorative  stitch holder. I want to try a skein of Sock-aholic Serene in the color Kale. Sock-aholic Serene is a blend of 50% FS Alpaca, 30% Fine Merino, and 20% Tencel in a light fingering weight, 470 yards per skein. It sounds lovely. The "FS" stands for super fine; it is used for alpaca that is 20 - 23 microns in diameter. Since the merino is only 22.5 microns too, it is a very soft feeling yarn. 

She named the shawl "Cardioid" (from the Greek καρδία "heart") because of a mathematical equation. A cardioid is a plane curve traced by a point on the perimeter of a circle that is rolling around a fixed circle of the same radius. You can go here for an illustration. (I never knew having a Spirograph would be so much fun.) 

Pretty cool!  



I've always loved having a spiralgraph(warning nerd showing thru). This explanation makes it even cooler.

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