Flatland by Caoua Coffee
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November 2013
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
34 stitches and 42 rows = 4 inches
in stockinete
US 1 - 2.25 mm
350 - 430 yards (320 - 393 m)
small [medium, large]
This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

“Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions” is an 1884 satirical novella by the English schoolmaster Edwin Abbott Abbott, written under the pseudonym “A Square”. It depicts a 2 dimensional universe occupied by geometric figures where women are simple line-segments, while men are polygons with various numbers of sides. The narrator, a square, guides us through some of the implications of life in two dimensions. He dreams about a visit to a one-dimensional world (Lineland) and is then visited by a three-dimensional sphere, which he cannot comprehend until he sees Spaceland for himself.

If you ever wondered about multi-dimensional worlds, โ€œFlatlandโ€ can help you put into perspective the possibility of higher spatial dimensions than the ones in which we live. (Even Sheldon in The Big Bang Theory declares that he visits โ€œFlatlandโ€ in his imagination when he needs a change of scenery.)

I first got to know the story of โ€œFlatlandโ€ via โ€œCraftLit โ€“ a podcast for crafters who love booksโ€ by Heather Ordover (www.craftlit.com). If you donโ€™t know that fantastic podcast yet, head on over and discover books of classical literature read by professional speakers and discussed by Heather, a fellow crafter and knitting designer who happens to also be a writer and lit teacher at high school and university levels.

In the twisted rib of the sock pattern, you can find the whole geometric society of โ€œFlatlandโ€: there are men of all social castes and standings: triangles, rhomboids and squares, penta- and hexagons as well as a whole lot of line-women.
And when you put the socks on your feet, you effortlessly add that elusive third dimension to the โ€œFlatlandโ€.