A little bit of this and, a little bit of that, makes a little bit of me.

We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.

August Ferdinand Möbius is best known for his work in topology, especially for his conception of the Möbius strip, a two dimensional surface with only one side.

In the knitting world, if you’ve seen Cat Bordhi’s books (this, this, this, and this,) you know you are in for a treat if you dare to play. It’s easy to make if you get passed the Moebius Cast On, a great project for on-the-go. I love making and showing off this Fibonacci Moebius–a wrap, a headscarf/semi hat.

This interplay between mathematics and fiber arts project is knitted in a partial Fibonacci sequence up to number 13–I can HEAR you say, Oh, right, Da Vinci code! Actually, being a geek that I am, Fibonacci numbers came BEFORE Dan Brown brought them to the attention of the world. Moebius scarf, in general, is particularly popular among knitting nerds. I wish mathematicians would develop more tactile ways to explore abstract ideas and to make them more accesible to students.

Cat shares generously her clever, signature Moebius Cast-On techniques on YouTube. I highly recommend this short clip if you are like me have a passion to try new thing. This will take your knitting to new heights. My adventurous 12-year-old knitter has just finished her Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Baby Surprise Jacket (her very first knitted sweater, mind you) and is already lining up with next project…rest assured it won’t be anything simple like a plain gartered or stockinette scarf. Yes…it’s a moebius knit, absolutely adorable.

By the way, Cat will be at Sock Summit 2009, August 6-9, 2009, in Portland, Oregon. Be assured I’ll be there! To watch this event unfold, check the weekly Sock Summit Updates on the Blue Moon Fiber Arts Blog. There is a Sock Summit Group on Ravelry now.

Happy creating!


Comments on: "Fibonacci and Moebius Meet Algebra" (1)

  1. Congratulatios to you and to your daughter. I just bought a copy of Elizabeth Zimmeman's Knitting Workshop and I'm going to try knitting that surprise jacket. It looks great. Happy knitting!

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