Wednesday, February 20, 2008

The Möbius Scarf - Chapter 3

The scarf is Möbiused. The end-to-end anastomosis wasn't at all difficult. The seam isn't immediately visible to the naked eye, though it has a firmer texture to the palping finger. I took all of the remaining yarn (including the remaining ends after weaving in the extra from joining the three skeins of yarn), made a scruffy little pompom and hung it from the seam. This is a very metaphysically safe scarf in that it is very imperfect. Many ancient lores hold that it is not safe to strive for perfection, thus angering the gods. Remember Arachne who challenged the goddess Athena to a weaving contest and ended up being turned into a spider for her winning efforts. Spiders weave webs to this day.

Navaho and Hopi weavers always make sure there is a break in the patterns of their woven rugs. I have heard two explanations: 1. That perfection not p.o. the gods. 2. The break ensures that the weaver's soul will not be trapped in the pattern.

Sure hope SuziTheFloozy likes it and that she will be as safe in the wearing as I was in the knitting.

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