Storm Cloud Scarf: An Idea in Your Hands to Wear Around Your Neck

giving shape and structure to an idea

The notion of giving shape and structure to an idea is so compelling that I had to make this stormy, deep convection cloud scarf not once but twice. It’s a hyperbolic plane made by regular increases in each row.

It felt like creating the dimensions of a cloud. Stitch by stitch it moved through my fingers gradually getting bigger and more complex until finally the texture changed as I added the rain droplet beads on the last row.

thinking about representations of heads and clouds

Made me think about the power of storm clouds.  It’s power that comes from teeny, tiny things, invisible to the naked eye, playing out a story that we can only see through the lenses of our instruments.

I hold this idea of a cloud in my hands and through it I feel intuitively connected to actual clouds that are both too small and too large for me to really grasp.

storm cloud on a scale I can handle

Moebius Cowl: Reality, With a Twist


mobius cowl: a one-sided nonorientable surface

The twisted cable stitches give a continuous waving edge to this moebius cowl, a twist on a twist as it were.

Twisting the cowl and joining the opposite edges together during finishing is what creates the Moebius strip. The Moebius is an interesting structure that doesn’t have a right side or a wrong side, once you get on the Moebious highway, you can follow it and go round and round forever if you like.

This cowl is made up of 3 cable sections (24 stitches each) & 2 rib sections (12 stitches each) The cable sections on each edge create the reversible waving border. You can make your own Moebious strip longer or shorter depending on how much wool you have on hand – or how much cashmere you can afford. Just do the twist and finish it whenever you run out of yarn.

Finished Size: 44 inches long, 9 inches wide

Yarn: Worsted weight, wool & cashmere blend.

Needles: 4mm or whatever size give you a soft rib: a nice soft texture is more important than precise sizing on this pattern.

Notions: Waste yarn for provisional cast on. Crochet hook if you do a crochet provisional cast on. Tapestry needle for Kitchener stitch join. Third needle if you do a 3 needle bind off. Cable needle.

Gauge: 12 stitches = 2 inches in K2, P2 rib

Size: Adult

Stitch Guide:
24 stitch front cross cable; 12 stitch K2, P2 rib

Reversible Cable Moebius Cowl

Use your favorite provisional cast on, and waste wool, cast on 96 stitches.

Row 1. With main yarn work K2, P2 24 times.

Rows 2-5 Knit the knits and purl the purls (rib stitch)

Row 6: Cable Row

Slip 12 stitches onto cable needle and hold to front of work, (K2, P2) 3 times, (K2, P2) 3 times from cable needle. (K2, P2) 3 times. Slip 12 stitches onto cable needle and hold to front of work, (K2, P2) 3 times, (K2, P2) 3 times from cable needle. (K2, P2) 3 times. Slip 12 stitches onto cable needle and hold to front of work, (K2, P2) 3 times, (K2, P2) 3 times from cable needle.

Row 7-11: K2, P2 rib stitch

Row 12: Cable Row

Do 12 row repeats of the established cable & rib stitch pattern until you’re down to the last ¼ of your last ball of wool.

After final cable row, K2, P2 rib stitch for 5 rows. Do not bind off.


Unzip the provisional cast on, and put the live stitches onto a needle. Lay the piece flat, then give it one twist so that the end stitches of cast on row, line up with the beginning stitches of the last row, this creates the Moebius strip. Join the two rows of live stitches with a three needle bind off, or kitchener stitch, or your favorite invisible graft technique.

The Funny Thing About Faces – Recognition

seeing faces where they aren't

I love my Tinker Tote because it’s so nostalgic, and because he has a face. Yes, it’s a he, with a face like that what else could the little guy be? I love the way we humans see faces everywhere, even when they’re only caricatures of faces and not real faces at all.

but without the face it's still a nice tote