Sunday, May 28, 2006

Yes, THE Meg Swansen

This week I break the mold of previous shows and do an interview with Meg Swansen of Schoolhouse Press. Her mother, Elizabeth Zimmermann, was an inventive, charming and math-inclined knitter who created EPS, the Elizabeth Percentage System. You use EPS to design a custom sweater using your gauge and the desired chest size to reach a key (K) number. It turns out that Meg is every bit as inventive, charming and math-inclined as her mother.

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tekopp said...

ideas I came to think of:
1.socks. wendyknits has a math percent thingy for knitting socks, yarn harlot has something similar. Lots of people use them, interview them about it? or talk about socks in general, on a math basis. to proofreaders of knitting patterns. how do they make shure it adds up.

3.converting patterns to a different gauge, a how to.

4. needle sizing, US vs mm and more in detail about why it's like that. It would be great, and if you could clear it up for us. Like why an US size isn't always consistent, and that US have sizes mm don't and vica versa.

hm, that's it. I love the science and math part of knitting as presented by you, it's fun :D

profbookwurmknits said...

loved the interview
amazing to hear meg swanson

keep giving us math
and i second the suggestions about socks, gauge, proofing...
thank you for another informative show

Deepa said...

Hi Lara, I started listening in to your podcasts last week and quite liked your focus on the number-crunching. I'm all for clever design using mathematical computation. The accuracy achieved at the end of the project makes it very fulfilling. I hope you get enough subjects for your podcast to go on and on!

Some subjects you can explore:
- mitering. Also mitering twice to arrive at a rectangle without having a pucker at the point where the 45 degrees line meets the 135 degrees line. Maybe some project ideas with this.
- polygons
- entrelac
- mathematically modify stitch patterns to either make them flat or to give dome-shaping . These would be stitch patterns that have 360 degree symmetry like polygons, perhaps.

Angie McDermid said...

Great show!
What about math in lace? It takes me a long time to figure out that I'll have the same number of stitches with yo and k2tog, or increases. What is the classic percentage of increase for a shawl?
I made a poncho in the round, kind of like EZ's pi blanket but I increased at the wrong time and ended up with a huge frilly thing. How could I have approached that with my eyes open?
Ease of sweaters in relation to guage!! I hate this and can't wrap my mind or my needles around it.
I love the poetry of math and how you're sharing it with our best craft!

Anonymous said...

What about math for dying... Walk us through the math to make a self striping yarn of two three and four colous(or even more) or how to make that self striping yarn we have knit up so that the stripes don't overlap and create that zigzag line

Also skirts!!! How to make full skirt or aline skirt or fitted skirts... How to put a pleat into knitting.... How to adapt vintage patterns to modern sizes...

Or how about knitting on the bias and all the math that involves...

Brooklynne(who isn't completely caught up completely but had to skip ahead to this episode)

P.s. Who are you using for webhost? May I suggest 20 bucks a month they set up EVERYTHING

Knitcentric said...

Since you asked for new ideas, I was wondering if you had thought of doing a show on adjusting patterns. I know it sounds simple, but I know I am not the only one who has looked at a pattern and thought, I like it but... I very often pass by tank tops because the neck line is too high or too low for me. I also have a sweater pattern I love, but it's a turtleneck. I don't wear turtlenecks. I'd just shorten the neck a bit, but it't a cabled and ribbed fancy sweater. There is a lot of ways to mess up a fancy stitch or yarn pattern. I know it's a simple thing, but I would love to here some mathmatally sound ways of adjusting patterns, particularly with reapeating row patterns at the same time.