Geeking out (again)

I have worked on two unbelievably geeky projects recently.

Riemann surface neckwarmer

First up was a Riemann surface neck-warmer. I’m not going to attempt to explain the mathematical properties of a Riemann surface (not least because I’m not sure that I really understand them anymore), check out Wikipedia if you’re really interested. The point is that they’re really quite pretty and very geeky. There was a discussion on the Ravelry Geekcraft group about how you might knit one and then Behavioural Geek came up with a  pattern. This coincided almost exactly with me thinking that I could do with a new scarf, neck-warmer type thing and that I still had rather a lot of the Noro Cash Iroha that might work nicely. The result — a lovely, soft, warm, exceedingly geeky neck-warmer. I modified the pattern slightly (details on my Ravelry page) but I’m not very happy with the way that I grafted this so I’m thinking about re-knitting this so that I’ll be happier wearing it.

Second project — a dice bag:

Dice bag

This one wasn’t for me, in fact, this one wasn’t even all my work. Steven bought some new dice at a role-playing convention recently and mentioned that he could do with a new dice bag. Since he had also expressed an interest in maybe learning to use my sewing machine at some point, I got him to do all the machine-stitching while I did the hand-stitching.

Dice bag

We used a tutorial that I found, although our bag is much smaller and doesn’t have a little heart appliquéd on it since, for some reason, Steven wasn’t very interested in having a little heart on his dice bag. I also use two cord loops rather than one to make it easier to close the bag.

Dice bag

The fabric is “Stripes” and is one of the limited edition prints from the Quilts: 1700-2010 exhibition that was at the V&A last year. It is actually the first piece that I’ve used from the pack that I bought after I had been to see the exhibition last year. This particular print is based on a fabric used in a patchwork quilt from the late 18th century. (Don’t shoot the messenger but the fabrics associated with the exhibition are currently on offer in the V&A shop!)

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