2015 GAL: Marie Curie by Megan-Anne Llama

2015 GAL: Marie Curie

Knitting
August 2015
Sport (12 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches
US 5 - 3.75 mm
100 - 120 yards (91 - 110 m)
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Pattern is HERE.

Marie Curie is one of the most ass-kicking, shade-throwing, convention-dismissing women of her time. And also of any other time. She did so much in her short life that it’s overwhelming sometimes for me to try and really conceptualize it. She was not only the first woman to be recognized with a Nobel Prize, but she is also one of only 6 people ever to receive 2 Nobel Prizes. And just in case you aren’t adequately impressed, she is the only person in all of history to be awarded Nobel Prizes in 2 different sciences. In 1903 she received the award for Physics and in 1911 she received the award for Chemistry.

For this square, I chose Polonium and the symbol for radioactivity to honor Marie’s scientific contributions. The rings and dots are the electron configuration for Polonium, and the center is the very recognizable radioactivity symbol. This was one of the more challenging patterns to actually knit because the pattern lulls you into a false sense of symmetry, but it also went faster than most of my knits because I really had to pay attention to it.