Tuesday, March 17, 2009

I missed Pi-Day!

I wanted to thank you all for your comments on my "Frost Flower" post. I was "under the weather", or "out for the count" over the weekend, flu like symptoms, but I'm O.K. again. I usually respond to your comments individually, but was not able to do so this time.

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Pi-shawl-in the  middle of 48 rows


Saturday, March 14th, was Pi-Day! I'm no math-nerd, but thanks to Elizabeth Zimmermann, I'm familiar with a very practical use for Pi - her Pi-shawl.

1. Pi-shawl-doily

I wanted to knit this shawl for quite some time now, and during some "in between projects" time, while I was looking through my stash, this left over (from my Queen Anne's shawl ) yarn cake fell into my hands. I love this colorway so much, and was delighted to see it's natural occurrence in Kathy's picture:


picture used with permission

1. Pi-shawl-doily


Since this was just left over yarn, not a full skein, I knew it would not really make a shawl, but I wanted it to be a center piece for our dining room table anyways. It turned out exactly the way I wanted it, that's to say, I'm very pleased with it. Since this was a small project, I think I'll knit the pi-shawl again in the future. There are many variations out there, but I like the simplicity of it. I did my usual crochet bind off for the border. It's easy and I like it.

1. Pi-shawl-doily

specifics:

pattern: by Elizabeth Zimmermann

yarn: Evilla Artyarn 8/2, color A-8

needle: 4mm circular, DP at first

size after blocking: 28" in diameter (blocking it into a circle was really hard, and I didn't do a good job, it's a little oblong)

start-finish: February 21 - 24

Pi shawl doily with metal horse

25 comments:

momsue84 said...

Love it, Monika! I, too, like the simplicity of the basic pattern. You have inspired me to start one soon!

Heike said...

Die Decke gefällt mir sehr gut: schlicht, aber unglaublich wirkungsvoll - so kommen die Farben richtig schön zur Geltung!

LG von Heike

GoldenTracks said...

Hey, Monika!
That turned out great. Looks really good on the table.

Andrea said...

For Pi Day my son made a wonderful asparagus quiche for brunch and a perfect homemade potato-chevre pizza for dinner. It's too bad it only comes around once a year. The Pi Shawl is beautiful. It's on my list to knit someday.
Andrea

Sandra - Tricô e mais Tricô said...

Monika, beautiful!

Frieda said...

That is absolutely gorgeous as usual ! You're always finding interesting patterns , yarns , techniques . And your spinning is amazing too !

Glad you're feeling better ...

sgeddes said...

I've never been tempted to knit a circular shawl before, but then you go and post that!

I think I'll have to reconsider!

MrPuffy said...

Isn't that beautiful!!! The colors do mirror nature and I love how it makes an artistic addition to your table :)

I hadn't noticed before that you do a crochet bind-off. I took a better look and really like that as an edging. I'm going to try that sometime too :)

Hope you are feeling better. If not, try a hot toddy before going to bed!

Päivi, Lankakomero said...

It's lovely how the colourworld of your Pi shawl and Kathy's picture match! Beautiful!

myboringblog said...

I love how the color compares to the photo of the puddle. The horse looks quite at home on the new table decoration as well.

runswithneedles said...

Holy cow! Now I can see why you were so excited to see that picture of mine! It's a perfect match!!

That shawl really is lovely. Great job on it!

Carrie K said...

It's beautiful, Monika! A lovely tribute to Pi and EZ. I like your little figurine too.

Hope you're totally recovered! How's the rest of the family?

Jill P. said...

soooo simply beautiful!

Angelika said...

I'm glad you're feeling better. I've never heard of pi-day, but then I never knew there was a square root day either.

Elemmaciltur said...

Wow, that looks great!

Hege said...

Beautiful!

2paw said...

Glad you are feeling better, your Pi shawl is just gorgeous, I love the graduated colour change.

T-Mom said...

What beautiful colors! And I think you blocked it just fine.

Beverly said...

The photo is amazing. The translation into a shawl is beautiful.

Marianne said...

Love love LOVE that yarn, the colours! I even went to the source, alas, they didn't have this colourway (that I could tell) MMMMMMM!
I love EZ's designs, what a genius mind.

Carissa said...

Beautiful!!!! and that horse on it is just perfect! Congratulations on the finish :)

hannah said...

What a lovely Pi!! I also like the horse very much, it is beautiful!!

Ann said...

It's gorgeous & I love the colors. It's definitely a great pattern & I also enjoyed knitting it.

Monica aka Gloria Patre said...

The colors are awesome!! SO beautiful! It's more a piece of art than a shawl!

Yogiela said...

Wunderschön geworden.
Der Farbverlauf begeistert mich.
Ich hab dich gerade entdeckt und möchte öfter bei dir reinschaun.
Liebe Grüße Elfi