Hyperbolic Crochet

6 Sep

Ok, so I was wandering around Ravelry minding my own business when I stumbled upon a conversation in the forums about a Crochet Coral Reef.  Wait, WHAT?  My two favorite things – crochet and environmental awareness all rolled up into one awesome package?  Ohhh yes, my lovelies.  In all ways yes.

The genius behind this whole groovy idea is the Institute For Figuring, which just might be one of the coolest places ever, and I geeked out on their official Crochet Coral Reef website for quite some time before realizing that this October the fabulous crafters are bringing an exhibit right here, to little old Washington D.C!  Hooray!  I quickly convinced my husband that taking me to the Natural History Museum was the one and only thing my heart desired for my birthday this year, then slowly eased in to the fact that it would involve miles and miles worth of delicious, delicious yarn.  Oh, I am chock full of warm fuzzies just thinking about it!

Apparently the exhibit also spent some time at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, and if I’d have still lived there in 2007, you can bet your bananas I’d have gone!  Here’s a shot from that exhibit:

How gorgeous is that?

Anyway, the best part of this whole revelation (Ravel-ation?) was that a few months ago I was visiting a friend who had what I thought were crochet corals sitting on her coffee table.  She laughed, telling me that they were actually supposed to be shower poufs, but that she thought they were so cool she had to display them.  The Institute for Figuring has some thick, mathy patterns available, but if you’re interested in the quick and dirty version of hyperbolic crochet, there’s an excellent tutorial on Wikihow complete with video instructions:  Hyperbolic Crochet Tutorial . Here’s a shot of what your finished project could look like:

I whipped up a few of these and mailed them to my sister before my blogging adventure started, so please forgive the generic wikipic.  Next time I make some I”ll remember to take pictures.  Oh, and FYI: if you make one of these with a teeny tiny hook and embroidery floss, it’s apparently a super awesome cat toy.

Side Note:  Yes, I realize this probably makes me the nerdiest, geekiest girl in all the land.  Whatever.  I make my own shower poufs.  Don’t be a hater!  })i({

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  1. There’s No Coral Reef in New Mexico… « A Happy One - October 7, 2010

    […] Why, hooking of course!  I made Chibi a cute little basketfull of coral, aka bath puffs, aka hyperbolic crochet.  As an added bonus, I also discovered that along with cats, babies also enjoy playing with the […]

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