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Friday, July 8, 2011

Episode 50 The Chambered Nautilus

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Nature Notes

Tree Frog that found it's way into our house.  We safely escorted him out.
I read the poem The Chambered Nautilus by Oliver Wendell Holmes.  The linked site has information about the poem, the poet, and the shell.

The Blethering Room

My husband studied mathematics and physics and now teaches engineering.  I figure he is more qualified to talk about the Fibonacci Sequence and The Golden Mean than I am.

Chambered Nautilus Fact Sheet
At one time people thought that shells sailed.  Oliver Wendell Homes was a doctor and knew better.
The Golden Mean.  Nature's Golden Ratio
The Greeks knew it as The Golden Mean.
or maybe the nautilus is a little bit off?  Read here.
Fibonacci Numbers and Nature

Book Notes

Knit One Knit All
Elizabeth Zimmermann's Garter Stitch Designs
Schoolhouse Press  2011

Amazing, charming, wonderful designs, and a gift to all knitters.  Highly recommended!  (Are you surprised?) 

Needle Notes

The Chambered Nautilus is a tam that incorporates i-cord.  It is great fun to knit.  Stay tuned!  Wool is Quince & Co Lark in the Glacier colorway.  (left over from Estelle Cardigan)

I also mention the Snail Hat in Knitting Without Tears by Elizabeth Zimmermann and read some of her thoughts on hats.

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Music is The Minstrelsey of Chirk Castle from The Airs of Wales by Cheryl Ann Fulton.

Thanks for listening!
Haste ye back!


hollyberry knits said...


Thanks so much for the thought provoking poetry, the chance to flex the long unused math portion of my brain and a generally wonderful podcast! I enjoyed hearing your husband's comments as well as your thoughts on Elizabeth's newly published book.

Be well,

Lee Bernstein find me at said...

I enjoyed listening to you and your husband so much -- he did a great job, and I hope you'll have him back again . . . perhaps for him to launch his new knitting pattern? : )

After listening, my husband and I had a fun conversation about the Fibonacci Sequence. For years, he's been trying to get me to read the Da Vinci Code. After hearing about my interest in the Fibonacci Sequence, he jumped on it to tell me that it figures rather prominently in the book.

So, after all that, I now have it downloaded, unabridged, from Audible. Maybe I'll actually get around to reading it this summer, while I knit.

Speaking of books, I almost purchased Knit One Knit All when it first appeared, but I told myself that I needed to wait until I put the books I already have to greater use (including Knitting Without Tears).

Nope. Wrong. After listening to you, I now know I need to purchase it as soon as I possibly can. Thanks for the great review.

Lisaknits said...

Wow, another amazing podcast! Educational!

knittybarb said...

Great podcast Paula! I enjoyed listening to Bob too - I might have enjoyed math more in school if he had been one of my teachers. As it is, I am definitely among the "math-challenged".

Loved your info on the Chambered Nautilus. What a wonderful video too! DH and I are scuba divers and we would love to see one in the wild. It will never happen as we can't go deep enough, but they are so beautiful and interesting.

I bought the new EZ book as soon as it came out and love it.

Golden Leica said...

I truly enjoyed your husband's participation. His descriptions of mathematical sequences was the best I've ever heard. Be sure to thank him for me (a former engineering librarian) Thank you!

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