Water molecules and a broken tooth…

This weekend, JS and I went to Kent to go to the engagement party of his friend, Miss PhD Chemist, to her fiancé, Mr PhD Chemist. Original names, I know…it’s relevant, honest! JS and I spent a while brainstorming about what to do for their engagement gifts, and eventually decided upon some of JS‘ incredible homemade chilli oil, and a knitted something.

We had a quick look through Ravelry for some inspiration*, particularly relating to chemistry (the names become clear now, right?), but didn’t find anything we particularly liked. Eventually JS came up with the idea of molecules – so I set to work on some his-and-hers water molecules.

A water molecule -- good ole H2O
A water molecule — good ole H2O

This was only the second thing I’ve knitted without a pattern, which makes it a big step in my knitting education, and in my opinion, a huge achievement! I started knitting it in a gig at a folk club the night before the party. JS was playing fiddle; I can think of no more pleasant way to spend a Friday than watching your superstar boyfriend being a genius, with a pint of cider and some knitting on the go. Nice, nice, nice.

It caused quite a stir, especially during the interval when I had a number of people questioning me on my knitting habits. I spent a long time inwardly debating how to represent covalent bonds versus hydrogen bonds. The idea was to put magnets in place where the H-bonds go, but I didn’t have them on-hand, and I couldn’t leave the various bits half-open because I didn’t have enough time.

His and Hers -- H2O (Copyright John S)
His and Hers — H2O (Copyright John S)

To be fair, I was cutting it a bit fine. At the party itself, JS and I were sitting in Miss PhD Chemist’s kitchen, and I handed him a handful of beads with an ‘E’ printed on them to hold — to stand for the lone pairs, if you know anything about chemistry. She walked up to us, and I artfully hid what I was doing in the affectionately named “trouser bag”. No such luck from JS — he sat there with his palm open and full of “E”, and when she asked him what he was holding, he said “A handful of E**”. Ugh!

Attached to the chili oil made by JS (Copyright Corrie B) The worst part of the evening was as I was sewing on the final bead, I was using my teeth to grip the needle to pull it through the hole — having cunningly left my beading needles at home, and making do with a tapestry needle. I had, by this point, had several glasses of wine, and my common-sense had probably joined my ability to see straight in the other room somewhere. As I (triumphantly) pulled the needle through the bead, I heard a big ‘crack’, and upon running my tongue along my teeth, discovered not one, but two were cracked, with all the little bits now sitting in my mouth, which was…grim, to say the least.

I reacted coolly. Sewed up, took the presents through to the present room, then announced to JS that I had to go see a dentist.


Water -- the perfect antidote to a night of consumption (Copyright John S) The rest of the night was completed in a bit of a haze, with much advertising of PlutoniumMuffins.com to the various guests who hadn’t met me before. I ended the evening at midnight, sitting in bed, drinking many real water molecules and wondering why the room was taunting me so much by spinning so quickly and annoyingly.

I’d like to know — has anybody else ever broken their tooth/teeth on knitting, or am I the only idiot? What other stupid injuries have you done to yourself in the pursuit of art?

Much love,

Corrie xx

* That’s right, my boyfriend trawled through Ravelry with me. For several minutes. I feel so lucky.

** If you aren’t aware because of being foreign/unknowledgeable, this is a common nickname for the drug Ecstasy.

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9 Responses to Water molecules and a broken tooth…

  1. Miss PHD Chemist says:

    Corrie! I had no idea you’d broken your teeth!! Or that you’d made them without a pattern!!! I am now EVEN MORE impressed and pleased with them :) You are quite the genius, and I’m glad that you had a good evening despite the injuries!

  2. Corrie says:

    @frannington on Twitter: You are the Bear Grylls of knitting! :D

  3. Corrie says:

    @RMWK on Twitter: NO – I think I can honestly say that I have never put a tapestry needle in my mouth. Now, if it was a WOOL needle that wld be different. Sounds expensive, inconvenient and maybe even painful? What exactly happened? What will you have done to put it right?

    • Corrie says:

      Very painful! I was trying to pull the needle through the bead, but because it is a tapestry needle, the eye was a bit wide, so I used my teeth for extra grip. Crack! It didn’t go down to the nerve, luckily — I’ll probably just have to get it filed down. I’ll keep you all updated — the Saga of the Broken Tooth has begun!


  4. Paul of The Trap says:

    He is soooo a super star! And, it turns out he is handy with percussion as well as strings (and no doubt string theory too come to that).

    Like the blog.

  5. Corrie says:

    SUCH a superstar! He’s handy at lots of things, he’s basically built the blog for me!

    Glad you like it!

  6. Isobel says:

    Greetings! I’ve been following your blog for a while now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Dallas Texas! Just wanted to say keep up the excellent work!

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