FO Friday: Fibonacci Pullover Cable


I’ve been pondering recently my experience of the craft.  Overall, I realize, I am driven to mastery.  I can’t help but want to know more about technique, about colour, about style, about the process and I want to endure this process and embody each of these aspects.  What comes after that, in most other things I have fallen in love with, is a desire to create first within these processes and then outside of them ‘not just hammering two pieces of wood together that haven’t been hammering together before’, if you know what I mean.  This is traditionally my make or break point.

This is the point that I have come to in the middle of my Christmas knitting (what better time?).  Knitting alone doesn’t satisfy me any more.  Mastering the aforementioned processes no longer satisfies me either.  I need to participate in the knitting and bring my light into it.  Unfortunately, in the past I have found myself lacking the wherewithal to do it, be it the confidence, the willingness to stand up against societies pull to become another cog in the wheel, whatever.  I have left long trail of abandoned ‘hobbies’ and even career paths because I just didn’t have the will to manifest my dreams.  But over the past few months, my will has developed to a point where I feel the desire to create and I cannot stop myself from DOING.  What a blissful state to finally reach!

So, I sat down and created this week.

MavenKnits Fibonacci Cable

The Infinity Pullover that I have been working on for the hubster morphed into a creation or at least a co-creation – with who better to lean on than Elizabeth Zimmermann! The sweater is hers, but the details are a co-creation between myself and the universe.  This cable is the first of my designs that are based on the principals of Sacred Geometry (a not-so-secret nerdy obsession of mine)  It is a simple cable, created using the Fibonacci series of numbers as a reference point for the increases.

For those of you who have yet to encounter the Fibonacci series, prepare to have your mind blown.

The series is an infinite sequence of numbers, ‘invented’ by Leonardo Piscando.  The sequence is created when you add the last two numbers together starting with 0 and 1. So 0+1= 1 (which makes 1 and 1 the last two numbers…) then 1 + 1 = 2 then 1 + 2 = 3 etc.  The next number in the series below would be… 1597:

0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 35, 55, 89, 144, 233, 377, 610, 987…

See how it could go on forever?  Okay, so how does this relate to anything remotely sacred?  Well, you find the fibonacci series in most patterns in nature. For example a the spiral in a shell:

The Fibonacci Spiral

See how the spiral is actually created by a series of squares that correspond with the numbers of the fibonacci series?  You will also find the fibonacci numbers in the numbers of petals on flowers or parts to plants, the ratio of increasing and decreasing of the human body, the finger being an excellent example.

The image above comes from Todd Holoubek’s website where the writer lays out (without tons of mathematical figures and codes like wikipedia’s entry) how the series works. There are several vids on YouTube that explain things better than I can, but essentially, it is the fingerprint of the creator left on pieces of our physical reality, which IMHO reminds us that we are participants of this divine creation. Sacred.

I can’t wait to see what will come of this!


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