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« on: February 23, 2010 02:35:00 PM »

I was partnered with the supersweet TeaCouture for the February Monthly Odd Holidays Swap.  One of the occasions she wanted to celebrate was the anniversary of the discovery of DNA back in 1953.  I made her a double helix scarf to mark the occasion. 

The pictures I took before sending ended up being really crappy.  So, TeaCouture was nice enough to send me the files of the good pics she got upon receiving so I could post the scarf to this board.  Thanks, TC!

When I designed the pattern, I thought, "This'll be easy.  I can do this in one night while watching a movie."  After all, the swap was supposed to be smalls.  Well, not so much.  This "simple" pattern I came up with took a long, aggravating time to execute.  Total headache!  I do not like crocheting long spirals (which is weird because I do short spirals for octopus tentacles frequently).  I finally finished and got the spiral all twisted correctly throughout.  My dear partner seems happy with it and has put it to use as she tends to be cold natured so I am happy that she is happy.  Smiley





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« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2010 02:41:57 PM »

Neat. I like DNA.
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« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2010 03:34:41 PM »

That is so colorful and cute. All of our science geeks are going to love this.
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« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2010 03:52:29 PM »

this is the best.  seriously.  nerd chic redefined.  i HEART this.  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2010 03:51:42 AM »

Quite forensic!

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« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2010 06:08:01 AM »

Thanks, y'all.

I forgot to explain some things.  Since the scarf is fairly narrow, I made it reeeaalllyy long so she could go around her neck twice if she wanted to.

I used the rainbow yarn for the ladder rungs to have the varied colors symbolize AT CG base pairing.  And, of course, the solid green is the nucleotides.
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« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2010 08:53:39 AM »

Geektastic!
When I first saw all those colours, I thought you had a zillion joins and ends to weave in, I see that wool (yarn) has evolved since I first learned to crochet.  It was a very long time ago after all.

I bet it's nice and warm Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2010 04:26:49 PM »

OMIGOSH!!! OMIGOSH!!! I am sooooooooooooooooo happy!!!  Today, I got commissioned to make another one of these for $15!!!!!  Holy crap, I need that money!!!!  And, I already have the yarn in my stash so there''s no overhead!!! 

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2010 04:50:18 PM »

Woop!  Good for you!
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« Reply #9 on: February 26, 2010 04:20:15 AM »

love this scarf! such a great idea, and i love how it isn't immediately apparent what it is until you get a closer look! very geek chic
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