Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Shell Tank

I've started work on the Shell Tank from Nora Gaughan's Knitting Nature. Her designs are all based on patterns of symmetry and repetition in natural forms: hexagons, pentagons, spirals, phyllotaxis, fractals, and waves. The shell tank has a long vertical cabled panel in the ascending spiral pattern of a shell; that's the bottom few inches at left. The cable pattern is really ingenious; it requires close attention, but is worth it in the miraculous (to me) effects. I'm working with wonderful, springy elasticized cotton (Rowan Calmer) which is gradually making me forget the trauma of the Pink Yarn.

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