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Every now and then, one sees articles about mathematicians and physicists who take up knitting and then begin analyzing their new craft from the standpoint of their academic specialty. The knitting itself is ordinary beginner work, but the scientist-knitters get very excited about the physical characteristics of how a one-dimensional material can create a three-dimensional … More More on Optimization

Product vs. Process

I hate personality quizzes, the sort that try to put you in a category and ask you to choose between a and b or a, b, c, or d for your most likely response to a hypothetical situation. My usual response is “it depends,” or “some of the above,” or “none of the above,” or … More Product vs. Process

January Swatchathon

When I’m on Ravelry, where I see the world’s best knitting and crochet, I fave project after project that were created using skills that are unfamiliar to me, and think “someday”. These last couple of years, I have designated January as that someday. January 2016 was my first swatchathon, and I learned how to crochet and to follow … More January Swatchathon

Pussyhat, Pussyhat, Where Have You Been? I’ve Been to DC to Protest the King

When the Pussyhat Project first showed up on Ravelry, I wasn’t instantly in love with those cat-eared pink hats knitted in huge numbers for the Women’s March protesting the new U.S. administration. I was uncomfortable with its vulgar reference, and the knitting looked tedious to do by hand, and doing it on the knitting machine required … More Pussyhat, Pussyhat, Where Have You Been? I’ve Been to DC to Protest the King

Scary New Toy

Six months ago I bought a knitting machine. I never thought I would want to mechanize my chosen handcraft with a machine that has too many moving parts for my comfort, but I did it for two reasons: I love stockinette but hate knitting it, and I have a yarn stash that is so huge it could … More Scary New Toy