Saturday, July 4, 2015

A Pink Seashell, Part 4 **

Continuing from previous post:-

This diagram above says it all.  The measurements can be used as a Pattern.  Make it as 2 stitches and 2 rows to a cm,  or 3 stitches ans 3 rows to the cm for a larger model.  This one was 2x.  So a 3cm spine was 6 rows...The spiral suture is 89 ( close to 100)........ 4 ply equivalent cotton ( or whatever you like).  size 2 crochet hook.
 Use the algorithm 4 to 5.  ie.  work once in 3 stiches then 2 x in the 4th stitch.
single crochet stitch.  ie  hook into loop, yarn around hook, pull through loop, yarn around hook, pull all stitches through.
Please see post of 26 Dec 2014 for "Information for US and UK crocheters".
Terms vary.  Australia is same as UK instructions.

***Please click on images to see  it more clearly


How to make spines.
The largest one is 2 x 6 stitches picked up along slit,  decrease 1 stitch each of 6 rows to have a hole of 6 stitches at the top.
Proportionately made for the others.

a 3x model would have 9 rows = a longer spine.
151 stitches at max  circumference
 and say 97 at suture might make a better taller spire

This image shows the top area above the spiny row.  inside top tip should be made in thinner yarn eg 3 ply  as per diagram.
This whole model took 3 days to make mainly because it had to be completely undone and redone many times to get it to be ok!

Use cotton (an old sheet) fabric or calico or whatever.
Make a fan shape like above,  same size.
Fold in half, stitch to try to make snail body.  pad lightly
Two points make "eyes".  We can improve on this later.

Sew crochet work up the suture spiral, from the top down, with a kind of backstitch.
It might look inverted.  Pulling  on the tip brings the spire up higher!


The actual model looked too short, so I snipped off the base,  and added extra rows.


Thursday, June 11, 2015

Making a Pink Seashell, Part 3.**

It was on the weekend of 6,7 June 2015 and on Monday 8,  that this model was made.  Each day I listened to the ABC Radio Classic 100 SWOON  Music;  25 pieces each day;  Countdown from Friday 5.  Some of the most fabulous classical music in history, nominated by listeners and voted for.

 What will be No 1?
It was Ralph Vaughn Williams'  "The Lark Ascending".  A shatteringly exquisite piece for Violin.  (I wrote about it on my blog         date....)
You can listen online all over the world!   and buy 8 CD set for $59. and look for Swoon 100.
All this pink crochet model continues from the Challenge mentioned in a recent post-   I repeat some images here.........Here  is the completed model;  quite a complex design!

This is the real thing.  Not exactly exact,  but getting there!

This is what it looked like at stage 1.  Slits along the row of 96 stitches.

Oh dear,  blog won't let me post more images just now.
Anyway there needs to be a lot more work in drawing up diagrams and creating text and a good Pattern for crochet,  at last there might be results that people can work with!

Ralph Vaughn Williams' "Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis" was on radio at number 18.  My great favourite;  a real Swoon.   Graham Abbot  years ago did a marvellous Keys to Music program on this-  there are 3 levels of violin-   the orchestra,  a group of 8,  and the solo violins..
Graham said it was "shatteringly beautiful music".  He knows.  He has conducted orchestras playing this Wonderful Work.  I hope that the ABC might repeat this program for us to listen again.

Most poignant is that this piece is really about War-  the British composer volunteered to be an ambulance man, a stretcher bearer in the killing fields of World War 1....1913......
the only beautiful thing in such a place may have been a Skylark in a French field......

And.  Mozart at No 2 was Clarinet Concerto in A.  Adagio.

Beethoven was number 15-  Emperor Concerto slow movement.  It was here that I began to carefully sew up the spiral suture of this seashell model.

a most memorable weekend.

4 July....I would like to post more,.......but my number one key on typewriter does not shop again......and something dodgy is happening to my gmail  account-   I have contacted Google help.


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Making a Pink Seashell, Part 2.**

Just to assure that the work is still ongoing:-

This model has been begun and undone quite a few times  and has a way to go before it is ok.  The sewing up the suture spirals is a tricky job and one has to try variations in numbers of stitches.

This one began with 10 crochet chains,  increasing once each 4th stitch every 2nd row until 121.  The thin inner section is reduced to a small square in corner just under where the tip of the spiral will be.
Top area is made by decreasing stitches  121 to 97 to 76 to 63  maybe to 51 or 41......wider at opening of shell.  It is a typical Hyperbolic Geometry shape.

more to follow.....
Insert 12/06/2015
This was sewn up 5/6/2015

Instead of a skewer or such in place,  I just put a bunch of cotton wool to hold the tip in place;  poke it in later.  Small backstitch.

A better Pattern would be 121, the, 97, then it went to 41 stitches which makes a smaller spiral.  51 or 63 would make a more extensive spiral.

**There needs to be diagram and text to support the story-  to be continued.**

Obviously, more fine tuning is needed-  to make more body length-
121 crochet stitches at widest circumference.
To shape the anterior end (rhs)  
With glue, make work stiff,
shape the beginning work area (anterior end) at 10, 15, 18, 22 stitch rows.

The real seashell is 9cm at its widest and 11cm in length.
Spire has more whorls than the model has.


The author, Dr Barry Wilson commented that the mathematics of seashell growth is impossible to comprehend.

No wonder I find difficulties,  am progressing slowly by trial and error.  Crocheting of the hyperbolic shapes is a great step forward, thanks to Dr Daina Taimina.

I remember when I was a little girl of 6 years old.  My family were artists.  Talk among visitors was how creative work was like God's work  (artists were like God).
I used to chase butterflies,  and got the idea to create wings for a butterfly.  First I caught one,  and cut off its wings,  but then I didn't know how to attach paper ones (maybe I didn't even get around to drawing them!).  I still remember the flush of horror and shame as the damaged body was dropped off the edge of the veranda.
The urge to create from Nature is still strong,  and still as elusive to achieve.  Obviously the real article is fabulously, wondrously and intricately wrought,  in comparison to human efforts to copy. Some folk are mystically gifted and almost succeed.
My thought is that Nature Spirits are intimately involved with  the continuous growth of Life Forms. The Telesummit which I recently mentioned in a post did discuss various aspects.  Marco Pogacnik speaks of the Body Elemental who is assigned to each human before we are embodied in matter, coming from spirit, who is there for each one of us.  There must be a similar Nature Elemental which directs the matter spiritually in accordance with the blueprint (Hinagata as the Japanese say)  in all of Nature.
Scientists will argue against this.  It is not in the textbooks.  Yet someone like the late Dr Candice Pert, a USA Molecular Biologist who discovered the site in the brain for opiate receptors speaks up on YouTube interview.  "We are more like flickering flames than lumps of meat".  And she advises us that we are told lies.  Cancer is caused by pollution.
Others are saying that we must think our way spiritually out of the disastrous problems which face our world.  Material thinking needs the balance of respect and awe.   It will be a most creative act to transmute ourselves out of our jinxed condition.  I am talking about myself, obviously.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Blog Problems

*****There has been a spike in pageviews,  459, last month!

Nine dodgy traffic sources are active, with Russian and Ukrainian origins.
Google Blogger Help has been notified.
They were able to remove vampirestats some time ago.
One feels maybe this blog should be ended when unsavory issues enter secretly.

We shall see how it goes......


Here is reply from Google:-

Ignore it.   Please read the FAQ - and don't click on any dodgy links in the Stats logs!

There are no actual links to your blog, from the websites referenced in referer spam - nor is your blog content being read, from anybody's computer. Neither your blog's page rank nor reputation is affected, one way or the other, by referer spam.  Nobody but you knows about the non existent links to your blog.

Work on your blog, and get more real traffic.


[FAQ] What Are The Bogus, High Activity Links In My Stats Logs? 

****4/6/2015  INTERESTING!    ALL REFERRER SPAM IS GONE THIS WEEK!  It was pretty bad 2 weeks ago.

   Saturday 4 July.     
The list of referral sites shows no spam, 
 but the big spike in monthly numbers is still big  = 426.  
Page views is more like 64 from ten referring links..........So the grand total of  sixteen thousand one hundred and 53  pageviews of my blog here  IS UNTRUE.  
What a would wish that many people might be interested in the Fibonacci Series.    

( my exclamation mark  and my number one key does not work)    
Actually  (15/7/2014) there is someone using my  yahoo userid and gmail  ie vanasama@gmail AND IT IS NOT ME.
Some nasty spam.  Not nice to have unpleasant stuff linking to me.


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Making a Pink Seashell, Part 1.**

More work on making seashell models and I am trying to make it as simple as possible.
So the algorithm is
make 4 stitches into 5,  ie  crochet or knit  once in 3 stitches, then twice in 4th stitch.
Bumps here are made of 3 chains.  Indent is different.  Start with 5.  Numbers are different. 5 rows of 75.
 No need to fine tune the numbers to reach exact Fibonacci or Fibonacci and a half Numbers (see post of 9/13/15) for each row.  It comes close to that kind of array,  tho personally I get more satisfaction being exact.  A Table for the 4 to 5 series is on its way....

This one is the latest. It is not yet sewn up.  Best not to rush it.
Will post as soon as it is made up.
It promises to look OK.
**Please click on image to enlarge it.
Insert 15/5/2015

Well,  this is not the perfect pattern.  The inside thin area is too big.  I now think it might need only a very small thin area at the top to allow configuration of tight small spiral.
Finished model minus the long anterior bit (snipped off)
(Some seashell do have an elongated spindle shape.)

So now it is back to square one with amended Pattern.  One go has already been unravelled because it is not right!  One day it will be done properly...


15/4/2015 continued...

Am staying in Town to continue to hear the Nature Spirits TeleSummit online  ( I have no electricity or Internet at home in my caravan).  Summit is as described in last post.
Good stuff.  Michael Roads has lots of stories.  eg farmer hated foxes because they kill chickens.  Michael asked "What came first-  your hatred or the dead chooks?"  Of course it was -  the hatred.  In the wild the partridges fly away when attacked and only one bird gets killed.  Chooks are in a cage-  they can't fly away,  so the fox thinks it hasn't killed one he/she keeps on killing.  When the farmer stopped hating Fox, the fox stopped killing chooks.....
 Discord brings its own results,  Intention is Everything.
  I am coming to understand a little bit.  Create Change by loving ourselves.

The other bit I love is _ Michael says that even if a Forest is devastated,  it still exists Metaphysically.  You can see it metaphysically.  He can and does.  The Forest or Ecosystem is Still There,  in Spirit!

MInd blowing!  We are each of us Magnificent, Multidimensional, Metaphysical, Immortal Beings of Love and Light.  We have forgotten a lot.  Chances are-  more of us might Remember.

 If one person can do it then it follows that all of us can potentially do the same.
The great Spiritual Teachings tell us that Spirit governs Matter.
Sukyo Mahikari teaches "Spirit first, mind follows, body belongs."


Here is a previous similar model   - bumps are made of 5 chains.  Only one row of 78,   red row is 63.  start with 8,  different at top, different indents.
Sewn up,  it is still a bit mishappen.  So I had to make another (ie.  above).
Here follows the made up model.  A new way to sew it up-  use less padding ,  and start to pad just at the top .  I have tended to be clumsy and overstuff the work!  Light touch.... cotton balls can be unrolled for padding.

There is a lot of work in drawing up diagrams.  Some have been done but often I have to redo them because of mistakes.  Writing up a crochet or knitting Pattern must be exactly Right before it is published.  I am 69 and can forget stuff eg how many stitches are in the indents.
So I have to make Another one to get it right!
Each one can take more than one day to make.  Thus we are still waiting for a  Correct Pattern.

How do you like this beauty of a Real Seashell?  
The "bumps" are most elaborate.
About 25 bumps-   5 or 6 big ones,  about 8 medium,  about 13 smaller.

Interesting point is 5 +8 +13 = 26  and 26 = 2 x 13.
Thus an Equation for Fibonacci Numbers
Fn  +  Fn+1  Fn+2  =  2  Fn+2 .     eg 233 + 377 + 610  =  1220  =  2 x 610.


 One is Continuously trying to Improve.  Still guessing what to do.....
 I need to micro measure real seashells,  eg the pointy Auger Shell etc.. 


Please click on image to enlarge it.

A challenge for the future!

12/16/2015    The challenge has manifested.  This model was made over 3 days while I was listening to the ABC Radio Classic 100 Swoon Program   June 5,6,7,8.  and is being documented in Making a Pink Seashell Part 3.  **

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Nature Spirits!

Today,  and for two weeks since 1st April --- a TeleSummit  on Nature Spirits...
 audio for 48 hours after the Summit online.  And buy DVDs etc.

Kim Wilborn  is host.

Speakers are:-
David Furlong.  He said Gaia has a male counterpart called Geb ( old Egyptian name for Earth)!
Pam Montgomery.  Hear the sound of a silver Begonia singing!  3 minutes.  Thanks to a device which hooks the plant up with electrodes;  made in Damanhur in Italy.
Elyse Pomeranz.
Tanis Halliwell
Dr Steven Farmer
John Springer  ask for rain
Lisa Michaels
Gail-Elizabeth England
Diana Henderson
Laura Walthers  on fairies  - she looks like one.
Camilla Blossom  on.....Mermaids.
Alphedia on Celtic Fairies.
Dr Jim Conroy and Basia Alexander
William Bloom
Pavithra Novak
Scott Kloos  plant teachers and forest medicine
Susan Raven
Naisha AhsFaian on elementals and crystals
Faye Greening
Raven Many Voices  ...on Dragons.
Michael Roads  writer from Australia****
David Spangler of Findhorn.

Something new to think about in these troubled times.  All is not gloom.
Humans have been in amnesia,  Nature spirits have been in hiding.  It is the plants and trees who have been holding the spiritual Fort.  All is now coming Together,  and we all have our part in it as Sacred Humans on a Sacred Path.  
Under the seas there are coral gardens as we can see in the videos embedded in this blog.  Mermaids are a favorite of mine in this Seashell Land  (see past posts  6/13/2012,  8/1/2012  and 1/31/2013.


Guess what I found in a second hand shop just after the Nature Spirits' TeleSummit-------

A New Knitted Seashell**

Here is photo,  and a view before stitching up.
 I must still write up the Pattern asap.  Increase once every 5th stitch.....
8 cm tall and 4 cm wide.  Up to 89 stitches.  4 ply knitting cotton here.

Please click on image to enlarge it.

After this there is plan to make permutations and combinations of numbers and yarns and colours...


Combining the Fibonacci Series and Half Fibonacci Series  (post of 9/13/2014)  reveals a new series:-

0,  0.5,  1,  1.5,  2,  2.5,  3,  4,  5,  6.5,  8,  10.5,  13,  17,  21,  27.5,  34,  44.5,  55,  72,  89,  116.5,  144,  188.5,  233,  305,  377,  493.5,  610,  798.5,  987,  1292,  1597,  2090,5,  2584,  3382.5,  4181,  5473,  6765,  8855.5,  10946..............

So I can use 5 in row 1,  then say  8,  then 10,  13,  17,  21,  27,  34,  44,  55,  72 ( actually I use 70 - it is a bit easier to calculate...,),  89   and so on.
I  posted how to do this in the afore mentioned post.....  knit 3 then 2x in 4th stitch is algorithm,  with minor adjustments at the end to achieve the exact Fibonacci number.
but I will rewrite it up presently,   with more details.

The thin inside ares should be adjusted a bit further in,  it is all to make the model less bulky.

**You could easily make it all in one colour, 
with green in row with 70 stitches, even with knob or spikes on the 70 row.

You could transcribe it all to crochet;  start from the bottom at 5.
You could change it to just increase 4 to 5 or decrease 5 to 4 without  fiddling with adjustments at the end of row to make a serious Fibonacci number.  Vague might be ok.

And make it with more stitches ie up to 144 or 233.....

 *** It is all in the sewing up along the spiral "suture".
 I crocheted a row on final inside edge with the fine cotton.  This makes it easier to then sew final edge on to the row under 70 using a skewer to wind the work into a spiral beginning at the top,  as described in past posts eg  9/12/2014 and associated posts.

Cotton balls from the chemist can be each unrolled to make a flat piece,  so layers can be inserted as one sews up the piece,  to pad it.  Other fibres can be used if you have anything suitable.

We will find out how to make a proper tall spired seashell eventually!.

16/6/2015 more

Knit.  Begin with cast on 55,   yellow is 72, increase to 89.  then gradually decrease.
ie.  decreasing every 5th stitch=  55 - 68 - 85 - 68 - 55 - 44 - 34 - 28 - 21...etc
Can you figure out the rows from this image?  Are they consecutive or alternate?
I shall have to write out the instructions (if I can remember them)......
Or  make a brand new one, with smaller thin area, and write it up properly.

Sewing up this one felt odd because the central column bit felt wobbly-  too much too thin.
The finished model looks ok-  best pointy tip so far.