Currently on the Needles



As you can see, I'm making fantastic progress on my socks.  I do love the contrasting heel and toe, I might do that on the next few pairs of socks.  The pattern is quick and easy, I did change a few things, mainly doing 2 x 2 ribbing, my preferred ribbing of choice.  One sock done and one to go!

I'm plugging away on The Martian and overall I'm enjoying the story.  The main character is sarcastic and quite funny (I'm sarcastic and quite funny).  However, I admit that my science education is rusty and lacking.  There is a LOT of chemistry talk and gosh, my eyes glass over and I kind of drool in my own stupidity.  However, I guess I'm learning something (?).

I wish, really wish, that I paid attention to Mrs. Lucas in Chemistry I.  But I didn't and I relied on my chemistry partner, Eileen who was the valedictorian of our class, to do all the labs for us.  I cheated myself in learning basic science stuff (see! high tech science talk from me) and The Martian brought me an important epiphany.

I never thought geometry was important until I took a quilting class.  I was pleasantly surprised how applicable geometry was in my life.  Same with algebra, I use it all the time for knitting.  I just don't think I will be making water from hydrogen and oxygen in daily life unless there is an world wide epidemic... but you never know.  So my epiphany is to pay attention in class.

What are you knitting and reading this week?

Joining Ginny and Frontier Dreams

Comments

  1. If only you could share your epiphany with kids still in school! I love the sock and your speedy progress!

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  2. I can so relate to that! Chemistry/physics/geometry/math didn't make much sense to me, not because they were too difficult, but because I couldn't understand - why and how will I ever use it in real life?!! Only decades later I finally grasped all the amaziveness of science, I am such a geek now :) haha Reading right now Einstein's biography and can't get enough of it - fascinating!

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  3. Love your sock! I never did take chemistry and I'm not sorry about that. :)

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  4. Love your "epiphany"! As a teacher, I so recognize how teenagers have no idea how useful what we teach them will be and admit that I completely blew off algebra so now struggle with it when I knit. If only we could go back in time and tell our younger selves to pay attention!!! Also, I never took physics because chemistry killed me BUT a few years ago, advanced physics was taught in my classroom and it was SO INTERESTING!

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  5. someday schools are going to make learning applicable to individual kids!! Grandson was having a horrible time with some math--ratios and percentages...until we turned it into baseball statistics for him and he got it in a couple minutes! It's that old...need to know. Works every time!!!

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  6. Oh, I failed Chemistry spectacularly in college. I was never very good at science and math-my algebra has gotten better since I started knitting, but it's certainly not one of my strong points!

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  7. Love the socks. Such a great pattern!
    I think the only reason I passed high school chemistry was that my brother was a rising basketball star -- and my teacher was the coach!
    Don't think I'll read The Martian!

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  8. I love the socks, Karen! I like the accent toes and heels too! The Martian is on my list, but I probably won't get to it until the fall.

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  9. I like the contrasting heel and toe!

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  10. Awesome sock - I am so jealous, I just cannot get my head around sock patterns! Or Chemistry come to think of it.

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  11. I heard a non fiction book about a woman who starts an aids orphanage is really good. It is something like YOU before me but not the movie romance.

    Im kntiting my last yoga cuff and another christmas stocking

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  12. Even though science always fascinated me,the teachers were making it too difficult for me, so it was easier to quit. Now I'm so drawn to chemistry and math and physics!

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  13. This whole post just made me laugh! I didn't pay attention in science classes either and kind of skated my way through it. :) I figure that knitting could easily translate into a post-apocolyptic life skill if needed...but if it comes down to needing to make water, I will be in deep trouble! Your socks are lovely and I am dreaming of the day that sock knitting becomes second nature to me.
    xoxoo

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  14. Very sweet socks. I like the white bits. Very clever. I just used a gradient yarn and ended up with a funny non-blended line when I picked up the second half of my heal stitches. Complain complain complain.

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  15. Really love the socks! Everything about them!

    Linda in VA

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  16. These socks are wonderful and what a great post! How do you use algebra in knitting? Inquiring minds want to know. : ) I have begun reading The English Spy, a change of pace for me. My husband loves spy novels and I used to read them all the time when we were first married but grew tired of them. This one is pretty good and a nice change of pace!

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  17. I loved chemistry at school, especially the practicals they were so much fun so yay for science! This week I've been reading about life in service in Edwardian Britain off the back of a little family history research and frantically knitting jumpers for twins due any second now!

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  18. I remember taking geometry during my sophomore year; it took me a while before it finally clicked and I got the hang of using the theorems to solve each step. Chemistry, I don't remember jack and I don't know how I got through the labs.

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  19. I'm about to finish up a sweater for Stella and reading I Am Malala for book club.

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  20. My son is getting his PhD in Chemistry. My daughter minored in Chemistry in college. Me? I barely passed Chemistry in High School. I still might read the Martian. Many bloggers are recommending it. I love that two-tone sock.

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  21. They are indeed lovely socks, the contrast is striking. I was never a fan of the sciences whilst at school, like you not having any real use for it.

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  22. Nothing like looking at someone else's beautiful hand knit sock to make you want to start knitting a pair of socks. I always do a 1x1 rib, I might have to give your 2x2 a go and see how I feel about it.

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  23. love that shade of purple....

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  24. I wasn't much good at science either, I failed my exams and had to take them again. That subject is looming like a black cloud in my home edding life :(. I am loving your socks that purple/lilac is a wonderful shade. You sure do knit quick!

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