Hyperbolic crocheting

So many things to do, so little time…

Thanks to a Canadian blogger living in Uruguay for the link to Hyperbolic crochet.

Hyperbolic crochet was “discovered in 1997 by Cornell University mathematician Dr. Daina Taimina… The basic process  for making these forms is a simple pattern or algorithm, which on its own  produces a mathematically pure shape, but by varying or mutating this algorithm,  endless variations and permutations of shape and form can be produced. The  Crochet Reef project thus becomes an on-going evolutionary experiment…”

sM – Several of your children could start a satellite reef on your dining room side board. It would look a lot better than the old Christmas decorations there. Here is a YouTube video for inspiration. And something more mathematical, which I can’t be bothered to read.

I would start a crochet cactus garden if I had time. As it is, I barely have time to water my real cacti, which is probably why they are doing so well. I wouldn’t want them to feel dispensible.

Of course, if I stopped trying to blog, I would have lots of time!

Blogging really is like having penpals in the old days.

2 thoughts on “Hyperbolic crocheting

  1. I love the story of the growing international coral reef and somehow the connection between higher mathematics, fractals, nature and crochet makes me take a second look at handcrafted items. Those snowflake doilies that Grandma used to make were actually experimental algorithms! Get going with your hook and yarn, Clare – cacti would be spectacular!

  2. I don’t know how far I’ll get with this, but I did relieve my mother of several crochet hooks today. The problem will be in avoiding the kewpie doll look. I am not a fan of crocheted Christmas decorations, either. Coral reef seems to suit the medium so well. I think cacti would be fabulous, but less forgiving of my amateur attempts, so I’ll save that ambition until at least my second article.

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