Monday, December 19, 2005

How Bookish Are You?

While I define 'bookish' to be a bit looser than, one who know a lot about the Western canon of literature, this quiz was fun for me! Mostly because I got a 50%. Teehehe, I guess I'm operating under a false nom de plume.

Or, maybe not...

My friend Chad, the stripped glove recipient, is a scientist in the throes of his post-doctoral stint at a University out West. I decided, today, that I am going to knit him a funny science object for Christmas (note here that he will get his Christmas gift from LAST year sometime next week.) Surely, that bookish quiz must be wrong... I am clearly a big fat nerd.

I will be knitting a tetrahymena. Or an eggplant/pear with hairs on it. My neighbor, who is also a Scientist, suggested making it into a pencil case. Genius! If I get real motivated maybe I could even knit the insides. A simple little organism with only a few "important" components.

On the off chance that someone else out there is as deranged as me I did the obligatory google-fu to determine if there was already a pattern written for a knitted tetrahymena. Imagine this - there is not?! How can there not be a demand for such perverse whims of the mind?

We will start with a knitted eggplant and also try the knitted pear. Eyelash yarn may be involved, I am not sure, we are flying by the seat of our pants, going all out here at Bookish Girl, pulling out all of the stops - Watch Out!

Should I start a knit-along?
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Blogger SheCrochets said...

Cool quiz... and I'm not just saying that cuz I got an 80%! Ok, maybe I am. One of the few times a degree in English Lit. pays off.

Good luck on your tetrahymena! I can't wait to see it... please post pics!!

12/19/2005 1:07 PM  
Anonymous juno said...

Eggplant pattern + maybe a 3 x 1 rib + knotted thread pulled through the skin of the eggplant = a winner, I think.

What color(s) are you going to use though?

12/19/2005 1:17 PM  
Anonymous Laura A. said...

That is so awesome!!
One of my undergrad profs did tetrahymena research. There are lots of cool pictures at:

Sounds kind of like those plush microbes--nothing says I love you like Ebola (or a unicellular protozoan).

12/19/2005 3:19 PM  
Blogger Jscothammerquist said...

9 out of ten. Ha !

12/19/2005 4:01 PM  
Blogger Darcy said...

Finally a quiz that makes me feel smart: 10/10!! The creepy-crawly thing looks like something my "I-live-in-a-lab" boyfriend would appreciate, I'd love to join a knit-along!

12/19/2005 4:19 PM  
Anonymous Cara-ISH said...

7 out of 10. And goddamit the ones I got wrong I had actually read the books. How's that for smaht!

12/19/2005 5:30 PM  
Anonymous Kat said...

9 out of 10 with several lucky guesses. Can't wait to see the finished tetrahymena. That is such a cool idea.

12/19/2005 5:38 PM  
Blogger CynCyn said...

i knew there was a reason i loved molecular instead of cellular bio. cilia and flagella are disgusting looking things. i wonder if there is a knitted pattern for a prickly pear that might be close? i think eyelash yarn would make great cilia.

12/20/2005 1:35 AM  
Blogger Knitting Painter Woman said...

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12/20/2005 3:35 AM  
Blogger maryse said...

6 out of 10 -- and those are all guesses because i don't think i've read any of those books. except for the scarlet letter.

as for the tetrahymena -- creepy little guy -- go with the fun fur and a relatively thicker yarn. it'll give you the effect you are looking for. you should see the tree i made.

12/20/2005 6:19 AM  
Anonymous Susan said...

I got 9 out of 10, but then again I have a B.A. in English...

You going to use eyelash yarn or other fuzzy yarn for the fuzzy eggplant?

12/20/2005 7:33 AM  
Blogger ann said...

I need some brain food. I only got 5/10.


(purlingswine ann)

12/20/2005 8:21 AM  
Blogger Julie said...

I got 7 out of 10, not too bad but then again, I always had my nose stuck in a book when I was a kid ;)

Let me know how that science knitting turns out. If I was going to do that I'd go for Gymnodineum or Ceratium
(sorry, couldn't find an SEM of that one) two of my favorites from my science geek days. I confess, I've done a Gymnodinium applique that hangs above my sewing table. How nerdy is that for ya? ;)

12/20/2005 8:25 AM  
Blogger Kellee said...

First - 9/10, and really, who can be expected to tell Tom and Huck apart? That was so unfair.

Second, sign me up for a knit along, official or not. Even if I weren't a huge nerd (which I am), there's no way I can pass this up. Too many scienc-y types in my life.

Third, Pandora? OH MY GOD! Thankyouthankyouthankyouthankyou.

12/20/2005 8:58 AM  
Anonymous Jackie said...

6/10 with lucky guesses. But it definitely made me want to read a few of those books, so that's good I guess. :)

Good luck with the tetrahymena-eggplant!


12/20/2005 9:21 AM  
Blogger Vicki said...

Hah! I got 9/10 but had to guess on most. Guess all that required high school reading finally came in handy. Love the unique knitting project :)

12/20/2005 1:44 PM  
Blogger Lorette said...

The tetrahymena looks like something you would step on to squash it if you saw it on the floor. Though if it was in neon eyelash yarn, it might be pretty cute. I got 6 out of 10; guess I need to go back to school.

12/20/2005 6:32 PM  
Anonymous juli said...

You are the funniest friend ever. and most creatively scientifically dorky too! I wish I could share this entry with Chad, but I'm doing good so far at keeping my secret. If you end up doing the insides...he loves the basal body, but i can't find any images of that...i can be on the lookout if you want. you are so fun!
ps. we are sick as dogs (though i dont know many sick dogs) so i'll be home from work tomorrow. also, what cell phone plan do you have so maybe we can get one thats the same and then have free mobile to mobile (did i just spell that right)...

12/20/2005 8:57 PM  
Blogger Dani said...

I got 9 out of 10. Let's hear it for the chick with the high school diploma! No fancy college degree over here. I haven't read any of the books in full, either. Quizzes like this foster my false impression that I am a literate person :-).

12/22/2005 7:43 PM  

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