My London-based Secret Pal Alice struck again! I got another DNA-based goodie: a necklace laced with gold A,T, C, Gs (and lots of colored beads too). She's got a great tutorial up for knitting an i-cord with beads.
OK, it's hard to see the letters. Here's a closeup: See the G and the T?
As you know, DNA sequences are composed of those 4 letters. Of course, I ran my sequence through a database, you know, just to see what gene I was wearing...
Here's my sequence: GCCCAGACACTAGTTAGTGT.
Here are the top 3 matches:
- Oryza sativa chromosome 10 BAC OSJNBa0055O03.
- Mus musculus chromosome 6, clone RP23-461C23.
- Medicago truncatula clone mth2-13k17.
Hmm, no known genes, just stuff that's been sequenced but hasn't been studied yet. I'm wearing a mystery gene! (Actually, it's probably junk DNA, but it's really pretty junk DNA, don't you think? And just in case you're thinking that I'm insulting my Secret Pal, let me clarify that junk DNA is good: only species with junk DNA have the potential of evolving. Junk is something you want).
That's the goodies from England. Now, on to the goodies from France! Here's my haul, all from Phildar. I got some pink Phil Lin (color Lupin) to make a little bolero, amethyst Canasta to make uh, another bolero, and navy blue Aviso (color: marine) to make a jacket-looking cardigan (ha! you thought I was going to say "bolero", didn't you?).
Sorry for the crappy flash photo. I haven't been able to take daylight pictures as I've started a new job. You know how it is when you start a new job: you feel like you're on your toes all day long, trying to remember everybody's names, as well as where the bathroom is. But fortunately there's a steep learning curve: I only got lost in the maze-like hospital the first couple of days. (OK fine, today was day 3, but still, I didn't get lost today!). Anyway, it's taking all my energy. So much so, in fact, that I didn't knit a stitch last night! Can you believe it?
Oh, and for those of you who liked the picture of my high school, the Lycee des Pontonniers, here's another pic: