Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Spring 2014 Sockupied: Profile and Pattern

I am over the moon to announce the Spring 2014 issue of Sockupied magazine. It's already an honour to have a design in it, in such great company with designers like Lana Holden and Stephanie Van Der Linden.

But I was also interviewed, for a feature about me and my work. Here's my name, right on the cover!

My design, Constant Cables, takes some of my favorite numbers - mathematics constants including Pi and e - and cleverly encodes them into cables.

I had a ton of fun creating this design... Both Pi and e are irrational numbers - that is, they cannot be represented as fractions a/b, they have non-repeating non-ending decimal points... The first few digits of Pi are 3.14159 26535 89793 23846 26433 83279 50288... the first few digits of e are 2.71828 18284 59045 23536 02874 71352 66249 77572 47093... although they go on forever.

So I had an idea... why not use these numbers to create non-repeating, un-ending cable patterns. Pi is represented by a C3 - crossing 3 sts over 3, and the number of even rounds worked between the cable turns are determined by the decimal points. No matter how long you want your sock to be, you've got a cable pattern!

Nerdy? Insane? Wonderful? All of the above, I hope!

I also got to use MY colourway, the wonderful Safety Pint from indigodragonfly.


Meredith MC said...

I love this idea. Can't wait to get my new sockupied!

La Vieille Chipie said...

I don't understand the math, but your design is gorgeous!

Robin said...

Thanks for the clue. I understand pi and phi. The other two are beyond my grasp -- but found them in Wikipedia and was able to match them up. Cool. Thanks for the challenge -- and lesson. Now I really do have to knit them.