Crochet Fun hyperbolic crochet coral reef

Fibonacci Rainbow

These last few days have been as long as a piece of yarn what with no schedule or alarm clocks in the morning. I am having an absolute ball exploring the hyperbolic shapes, I have found out what shapes the different rates of increase give, I have played around with yarn and I still am. It is pure heaven.

Many moons ago during art class I fell in love with the Fibonacci numbers. I had a teacher who was very animated about the numbers and the golden rate and the aesthetics of it. To this day, I have a hard time looking at symmetry, I much prefer asymmetry to that rate.

IMG_7550small Fibonacci Rainbow © 2009 Irene Lundgaard

While I think up some colourful coral to done the Red for Energy Coral I have experimented with a Double Hyperbolic Plane which I have worked as a soft and gentle curving piece and I am currently edging it with a row of small tight planes shaped as Swirly-whirlies. The process is exiting as the Kauni Rainbow yarn does it’s magic. I love that yarn. I love the coarseness and I love the colour and I am exited about this piece.

My toxic piece is being thought out too. I wonder when I am going to have time for ‘substanting’ all my ideas


Hyperbolic Crochet In Dublin

Stitchlily, our ever alert and accomplished crocheter is yet again completely on the ball. The Irish version of a Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef is in the making at the Science Gallery in Trinity College Dublin on Pearse Street in The Naughton Institute:

A workshop will be held on Saturday October 24th @ 13.00 – 16.00. Tickets are free and need to be booked in advance. Click here and scroll down until you find the workshop.

The spiel reads like this:

“The “Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef” is a worldwide project that marries mathematics, marine biology, handicraft, community art practice and environmental consciousness-raising. People all over the world – from London and New York to Capetown – are collectively crocheting coral reefs, a woolly testimony to the disappearing wonder of living reefs that are being devastated by global warming.

In this workshop, Crochet Reef creator, Margaret Wertheim of the Institute For Figuring in Los Angeles, will teach the techniques of hyperbolic crochet and talk about the project. At the workshop, participants will begin the process of making an “Irish Reef,” to be exhibited alongside the international crochet reef collection at Science Gallery in Spring 2010.”

I have booked my ticket already, will I meet you there?


The Hyperbolic Language

I’m a linguist. I am not a mathematician. Not at all. But somehow I have managed to grasp the principle behind the manifestation of hyperbolic shapes – that’s geometry!!! I put it down to the fact that I understand yarn and crochet hooks really well and with a good dollop of help from the very linguistically astute Institute of Figuring I can figure what I am supposed to do to make the right shapes. It’s just that I don’t understand the mathematical formula behind, but that doesn’t really matter, does it?

IMG_6924smallThis is a hyperbolically ruffled Noro Sock Yarn neck-thingy in progress and I love it. I saw that ruffles are very much in vogue on the cat walk this winter and the hyperbolic shape is just that. The Noro Sock Yarn makes nice colour variation and it’s soft too. As I work, the ideas are coming fast and furious and I already now know that only one or two will ever make it onto the hook.

To me the art of making the yarn speak for itself is one of the biggest challenges. I’m not sure how a mathematician would make that happen but we linguists, we talk to our yarn all the time and find our way in unison with the yarn and form a nice result…