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02 March 2006 @ 11:33 am
Penrose diagram.  
My boyfriend is a relativist. No, not a moral one like Jack Bauer :) He studies relativity. And so I made him a scarf that fit his vocation.

To those that understand relativity: it's a Penrose diagram of a spinning black hole in empty space. The colors are picked as if it's a blackboard - dark green background, "white", "pink" and "orange" chalk. The white is r=infinity, and the two colors are the two horizons.

To those that don't understand relativity: it's nerdy. It's a nerdy diagram of a black hole, done as a scarf.

To those that understand knitting: It was painfully obvious to me that I would not be able to find a pattern for this. So I made it myself. It's actually just a 1k1p ribbing all the way through. 27 stitches across, the inside of the diamonds gets up to 7 stitches across, with the stripes 3 stitches wide. The most difficult part was finding so many thread ends. There are some rows where there need to be 9 separate pieces of yarn in the same row. What I wound up doing is cutting lots of pieces of yarn. So each one of the diamonds and each one of the colored stripes is a separate little piece of yarn (the x's are two). The only parts that are continuous are the green on the edge.



I had lots of left-over yarn. Almost a skein of each color (I'd gotten an extra skein of each color in case I ran out. Wound up being a good idea). So I thought I'd crochet a blankie... at 4 feet wide, I'm about 3 feet into it. I'll post it when I finish. For now, it's keeping my legs warm and my hands occupied... in class. ;)

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cynthiagould.comcyn on March 2nd, 2006 05:38 pm (UTC)
that is truly amazing. nerdy + beauty!!!!
Maria Korchaginyllafairy on March 2nd, 2006 05:39 pm (UTC)
thank you :)
(no subject) - pepperjackcandy on March 4th, 2006 02:09 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - yllafairy on March 4th, 2006 04:15 pm (UTC) (Expand)
RuTemplerutemple on March 2nd, 2006 05:44 pm (UTC)
geeky raves
fabulous, and Properly Geeky!
Have you seen the DNA cable scarf? also very keen (and much appreciated by our favorite local recipient)
Maria Korchaginyllafairy on March 2nd, 2006 05:46 pm (UTC)
Re: geeky raves
no, i haven't, but that's an awesome idea! is there a picture?
Re: geeky raves - rutemple on March 2nd, 2006 07:27 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: geeky raves - yllafairy on March 2nd, 2006 07:29 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Robert G. Barker: Paper Unicornbobbarker on March 2nd, 2006 05:55 pm (UTC)
Does time slow down as you get closer to it? ;-P Nothing is more love than a gift you make for someone. :)
Maria Korchaginyllafairy on March 2nd, 2006 05:57 pm (UTC)
time definitely slowed down as i got closer to the end. O.o
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Seal Woman: selkieselkie_b on March 2nd, 2006 06:22 pm (UTC)
I like it a lot! That's excellently done!
Maria Korchaginyllafairy on March 2nd, 2006 07:05 pm (UTC)
thank you :) it sure took a while ;)
julianajulianacathern on March 2nd, 2006 06:26 pm (UTC)
wow
Your scarf is SO BEAUTIFUL!
Maria Korchaginyllafairy on March 2nd, 2006 07:05 pm (UTC)
Re: wow
thank you! :D
Berthabertha79 on March 2nd, 2006 08:16 pm (UTC)
Wow! That's totally kick-ass!
Maria Korchaginyllafairy on March 2nd, 2006 08:20 pm (UTC)
thanks :)
Michaelislandwalk on March 2nd, 2006 08:20 pm (UTC)
This shows how great it must be to have you as a girlfriend.
Maria Korchaginyllafairy on March 2nd, 2006 08:23 pm (UTC)
you had your chance, babe ;)
Katetypekast on March 2nd, 2006 09:06 pm (UTC)
This is breathtaking. Beautiful, meaningful, and handcrafted all in one! I love knitting...
Maria Korchaginyllafairy on March 2nd, 2006 09:18 pm (UTC)
i do too :) although i've been crocheting my current project (the blankie made from yarn left over from this scarf...) :)
Tangles: CD - Ranger: Hmm...tania on March 2nd, 2006 09:29 pm (UTC)
That's quite possibly the sweetest, most thoughtful present EVER. :3 And awesome to boot! Way to go, girl! If you get a kick out of knitting and you have the time, you could make a lot of money doing scarf commissions, y'know. I recently paid a friend a fair bit of money to knit my a Slytherin scarf from a pattern. There's definitely a market for funky, custom scarves out there.
Maria Korchaginyllafairy on March 2nd, 2006 09:34 pm (UTC)
I made my two friends Slytherin and Gryfindor scarves for last xmas. But they were easy - just bands of color. :) the green and grey in this one is actually left over from the slytherin scarf ;)

how much money did you pay? and was it a complicated pattern? or just bands of color?
(no subject) - tania on March 2nd, 2006 09:44 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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PaloPintopalopinto on March 2nd, 2006 10:30 pm (UTC)
In addition to the obvious elite geek points that scarf will bestow upon its lucky wearer, that pattern is gorgeous! What a fantastic, thoughful FO! :)
Maria Korchaginyllafairy on March 2nd, 2006 10:32 pm (UTC)
hehe, this is the only time in my life i wish it were colder.. because my boyfriend only wears a scarf when it's really cold (canadian, what can you do?)... hehe. :)

what's FO?
(no subject) - klayre53 on March 2nd, 2006 11:01 pm (UTC) (Expand)
B: Knit Pic 2cimorenegal on March 2nd, 2006 10:59 pm (UTC)
Good job on it! I think you def. made it more complicated than you needed to- if you did it in the round you could have carried the yarn over in fair isle.

But it came out absolutely lovely, so obviously what you did worked. :)
Maria Korchaginyllafairy on March 2nd, 2006 11:01 pm (UTC)
i didn't WANT to do it in the round... i wanted it to be flat and double-sided. i could have theoretically made it not-double-sided and fair isle, too, which would have been easier... but i chose not to. :)
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Onejohdhj on March 2nd, 2006 11:22 pm (UTC)
Hmm... Nerdy, artistic, talented... Damn. Your boy's a lucky guy. ;-)

Penrose diagram... speaking of which, do you / your boy believe in the existence of white holes? Or, believe there is a hypothetical basis?

I know, it goes against the second law of thermodynamics, but at the quantum level, they don't like to play by our rules...

Crazy crazy particles!

Oh, very nice scarf :)

~DJ
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Maria Korchaginyllafairy on March 3rd, 2006 12:15 am (UTC)
thanks! :D
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Maria Korchaginyllafairy on March 3rd, 2006 12:52 am (UTC)
what does he study?
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(no subject) - yllafairy on March 4th, 2006 11:08 pm (UTC) (Expand)
flashaleelindyflash on March 3rd, 2006 03:56 am (UTC)
Beautiful! Your boy is lucky :)

Now if only I can find a strongbad,swing dancing, computer geek pattern for my guy...hmmm...
Maria Korchaginyllafairy on March 3rd, 2006 04:50 am (UTC)
if you can't find it... MAKE IT :D that's what i did. :)