Blue Morph Crochet

Hands Morphing Into Shovels

For the last week I have been crocheting like a demon and I have been having the jazziest time. Love jazz,don’t you? I have only broken one hook and I have probably also accelerated a touch of arthritis in my hands but most importantly, I have had the best fun for a very long time as I have been working on Victoria Vesna’s magical Blue Morph installation which goes on display at the Science Gallery tomorrow.

Blue Morph Hat to beBlue Morph To Be © Irene Lundgaard 2012

I have crochet and crochet and then some, so much so that the cells in my hands appear to have morphed into shovels. My hands are warm and they feel like they are double their normal size. Acrylic yarn and polythene are not exactly the kindest materials my hands have ever encountered…

I look forward to seeing the hat in it’s new incarnation tomorrow. I only have one final element to make and then my work is done. I will do a proper write-up of the process later, but first I need to teach some crochet!

I hope you will enjoy the show at the Science Gallery for the next month, they have all sorts of magical inspiring materials there!

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Joie De Vivre

Wednesday June 2nd 2010 will be with me for a very long time. I spent time with the most amazing people and I was submerged in art and craft and good energy and knowledge and innovation. Plain and simple, joie de vivre at gourmet level!

I went to see the Finals Exhibition at the IADT where one of The Reefers is exhibiting her fantastic piece along with very many other very fantastic pieces. I will write about that experience separately as Emer’s outstanding work deserves it’s own space.

I was in the presence of The Reefers, Stitchlily and Rockpool Candy, no less. But first and foremost I was in the presence of one of the most energetic minds I have met in a very long time. Dr. Daina Taimina was lecturing at Science Gallery Dublin which she did with gusto and humour.

IMG_2033smallIn full flight and fun knitwear

We were lucky enough to have a quick encounter in the coffee shop which we proceeded to refurbish so that we could all sit around the one table.  I think we were noisy too!

IMG_2035smallTools of the trade

Only a woman of considerable capacity and energy would ever think of crocheting hyperbolic planes and spheres. Only a woman with buckets of joie de vivre would think of turning maths and crochet into art.

IMG_2040smallTaking flight

I had my Holy Grail signed, I had my fill of fine minds and fellow lovers of knowledge and the arts. It truly was a case of complete submersion in life, a day which I will carry with my in my heart for a very long time! Joie De Vivre, indeed!

Note: The Irish Times made it to the lecture too. You can read the article here.

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Coral Crochet-In at Science Gallery Dublin

This coming Saturday May 1st a group of crocheters are planning on being at the Science Gallery, Dublin for a Hyperbolic Crochet-In.
We will enjoy the reef and meet for crochet and chat in Studio 1 from 1 – 5 PM. Spread the word and come and join in the fun.


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Mother Nature Always Wins

Mother Nature is teaching us all many lessons these days. The aviation world has ground to a halt and all we can do is to sit down and use our hands and hooks for something meaningful while we wait for her to finish making her point.

Getting hooked in Studio 1, Science Gallery Dublin

Yesterday we could have set an Irish record in most crocheters gathered in one place this century in Ireland at the Science Gallery, but Mother Nature provided what can be best described as a summers day which held the crochet hordes away from Studio 1 and 2. But that did not stop any of the true enthusiast being there. Reefers and friends alike came to the rescue and submerged themselves in a spot of crochet together with the few people that showed up for the workshop yesterday at the Science Gallery. We had a blast and everyone seemed hooked on departure!

Note: Sunny warm thanks to Reefers and friends for being there to lend a hand!
Photo’s from the Hyperbolic Exhibition can be seen here.

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Record Breaking Crochet Bonanza

Tomorrow’s workshop at the Science Gallery may just prove to be the biggest crochet event ever in Ireland, at least in this century. Some 50 people will gather to be introduced to Hyperbolic Crochet. At the outset the Science Gallery classified the workshop as being and introduction to hyperbolic crochet for ‘a small group’ but then they went completely Hyperbolic on the bookings and I simply just hyperventilated when I heard the final numbers…

IMG_0348small© 2010 Irene Lundgaard

Fortunately, YarniesTM are a fantastic breed of people and we have managed to round up a good team of crocheters that will help facilitate all these potential crochet enthusiasts and perhaps we will actually set an Irish crochet record!  Yeehaw!

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A Dive On The Irish Crochet Corals

Last night we enjoyed the grand opening of the exhibition and everybody that is anybody was at the preview of the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef at Science Gallery Dublin apart from Stitchlily, who was very badly missed. I carried her around on my shoulder all night and I did get the warmest hug from her mother which made the connection that was so badly missing!

I didn’t manage to take many pictures, only a few blurry ones…

Section of The Irish People’s Toxic Reef

Curated Irish People’s Reef

Irish People’s Reef

Irish People’s Reef Lady Crochters

A handful of The ReefersTM


The exhibition is magnificent at so many levels and everybody who took part can take pride in it. Every single stitch counts.

I do encourage you to go for a dive into the Science Gallery and submerge yourself in the beauty of maths and fine work by all the fantastic Irish crocheters from all over the country. Take a bow crocheters, you are exhibited alongside two of  Escher’s fine woodcut masterpieces and the masters of Crochet Coral, Margaret and Christine Wertheim. It doesn’t get any bigger than that!

The Science Gallery are to be congratulated on yet another fine visionary exhibition and deserves a great big thank you from all Reef Contributors for letting us in. Dr. Daina Taimina deserves a standing ovation on her findings; I cannot get over the fact that it took a woman with female handicraft skills to crack the hyperbolic code. It blows my mind.
Thanks to Margaret & Christine Wertheim for their generosity in making possible this journey of bringing so many people together and engaging with science in such an accessible way. Although Lynn Scarf at the Science Gallery is the true heroine of this woolly journey, she managed to hold on to all the yarn ends and gave support of gigantic dimensions every stitch of the way! What a woman!!! Thanks to The ReefersTM for the stunning  bouquet
I was presented with which brought a tear to my eye and actually managed to render me speechless. Thank you.
The statistics are that hardly any men have contributed to the crochet reef. I know one man who may not have contributed in crochet but without whom I could not have submerged myself in this woolly wonder, he is my husband. Thank you Dónal for everything.

Relevant links: Origin of the project: Institute for Figuring. Visit Science Gallery website here. Science Gallery Facebook Page; Science Gallery on Twitter. Or check out the Irish People’s Reef on Facebook. Visit the Ravelry Reef Group here.

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Irish Hyperbolic Reef – Day 1

Today was the day of Reef Reality. Curators Margaret & Christine Wertheim were at the Science Gallery installing their wonderful exhibition. While they were busy expertly building theirs, we slowly started to find our way with the Irish Reef.

Corals ready for the baskets
Dancing the Hyperbolic Crochet Valse

Curators ‘magpieing’ the Irish Coral Reef
Far to go still on the Irish Reef

Some of the submissions are fantastic and it is wonderful to see how this group effort consisting of so many different parts slowly becomes a fantastic harmonious whole. Tuesday and Wednesday should see us breaking the back of the installation and Friday is the Preview… Yay!

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The Irish Hyperbolic Coral Reef Riggers

A few pictures from the Coral Reef Foundation Makers at Science Gallery, Dublin.


Irish Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Riggers – Science Gallery – March 7th, 2010


The Reef Boast Table – Science Gallery – March 7th, 2010


Irish Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Riggers – Science Gallery March 7th, 2010


The Reef To Be – Science Gallery – March 7th, 2010

Matters are shaping up, the actual building of the Coral Reef is going to commence Sunday March 14th. It’s exciting and don’t forget, you can submit pieces of coral to the exhibition throughout.

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Irish Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef – Overview

Here is a handy link pool to get the details on the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef:

The Background:
Margaret Wertheim talking on TED-TV about  “The beautiful math that links coral, crochet and hyperbolic geometry”

The Math
Interview with Dainia Taimina, the mathametician who crocheted the first Hyperbolic Model

Venue for exhibition in March-May 2010:
Official Hyperbolic Crocheted Coral Reef website:

Hyperbolic Crochet Patterns:
Use this PDF of free patterns available to download from the Sydney Reef Blog. It is hard to knit Hyperbolic Knitting Patterns but here are some by Dr. Sarah-Marie Belcastro.
Gallery of models and how to make them from the Institute of Figuring

We encourage all crocheters to submit pieces to the Irish Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef. Deadline for submission is February 20th.

Post your submission with your name and address to:
Science Gallery,
Trinity College,
Pearse Street,
Dublin 2

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Hyperbolic Planes, Trains and Automobiles

I am cooped up again today in the snow and the frost as there are no trains or automobiles about at all and the only planes about are hyperbolic. Not that there is much snow, but the combination of snow and untreated icy roads is in and around lethal, so I am staying put. I did try to get some winter tyres for the car, but they can’t be got down here in the bush it seems. Instead, I have taken the opportunity to finish my Fibonacci Rainbow Coral and I have started another one.

IMG_7812smallFibonacci Rainbow Coral © 2009 Irene Lundgaard

I took the photo without arranging the piece, I just left it on the floor and took a picture. The piece will have to be arranged better if it goes to the exhibition but it really is fascinating how the shape drapes itself just right without any intervention.

I have another piece in the pipeline but I have been defeated by the Toxic idea I had. I’ll have to rethink that one, what better way than with the hook in hand?

Details for submission:
According to the Science Gallery website The Exhibition Dates : 25th March – 28th May

Deadline for submitting coral: 20th February 2010

Post your coral,with your name and address to:
Science Gallery,
Trinity College,
Pearse Street,
Dublin 2

There was talk of having a list of names of everyone who contributed to the Reef, and also a special opening. So, include your name and address with your coral submission.