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Hyperbolic Inspiration

I have completely abandoned the whole Christmas Crochet thing and have gone into hyperbolic mode. The other day I received some wonderful pictures of inspiration from Margaret Wertheim which I would love to share with you. She even sent pictures of knitted corals too.

hgh-res-green reefA collection of crochet corals.

This is bead work.

_MG_7511This looks like knitted pods to me.


_MG_8337A toxic coral made from plarn (plastic yarn)

The ideas are coming fast and furious and I don’t have enough hours in the day to manifest them all, which to me is yet another example of survival of the fittest. The ideas that are really really good manage to make it into crochet. Right now I am short of yarn… Well, strictly speaking you can’t say I am as my stash is fairly well stocked but I am out of coral coloured yarn for the particular coral I am crocheting at the moment…

I feel another idea pushing through, I’m off to the hook!

If you are inspired by this, please get out your hook and start making your own pieces of crochet beauty. You can find base patterns here:
Free Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Patterns generously distributed by the Sydney Reef.
Inspiring Hyperbolic Knitting Patterns by Dr. Sarah-Marie Belcastro.
You can find details on the origins of this project at The Institute For Figuring.

Pictures by Margaret Wertheim, with thanks!


I’m All Hyperbolic About Tomorrow


The Hyperbolic Coral Reef Workshop is happening tomorrow in the Science Gallery and I am so exited to have a ticket and I am so looking forward to being in the presence of Margaret Wertheim of The Institute For Figuring herself. She is a brilliant communicator and her environmental message is a good one, particularly because it involves crochet hooks… Not only do I get to have my un-mathematical mind stimulated and be with one of the great inovators of our crochet times, I will also be in the company of very many yarn people that are hooked well and good. What is there not to like about a Saturday like that?

The picture shows my play with a hyperbolic shape for the scarf pattern I am developing. The colours are fun and the shaping happens automatically. Oh yes, I’m hooked on this! Badly!


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?