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Crochet Coral Reef = Best. Thing. Ever.

24 Oct

Friends!  If you live within driving distance of the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, GET DOWN THERE ASAP!  Husband took me to see the Crochet Coral Reef for my birthday, and it was AWESOME.  I wanted to only take pictures of the purple bits, but I flashed back to my visit of the Crayola Factory this summer (during which I was mocked mercilessly for buying an entire container filled with nothing but purple crayons), so I opted for some diversity this time.  Check out the hooky awesomeness:

try to ignore the reflection of my hand on the glass & instead admire the awesome!

my favorite display

the "red" side of the reef

this thing was just OOZING warm fuzzies!

(Yeah, that’s me.  I was so excited I kept my hands balled up in fists & twitched the whole time I was there!  Husband was amused.)


check out the plastic forks! It's a recycled reef!

the "toxic" reef

This one was made entirely of upcycled plastic…  plastic bags, plastic bottles, old cassette tapes… you name it, it was in there.  As I walked past thinking hmm… where can I find a plastic bag that color?… Some girl said this:

“Who just sits around all day thinking… ‘hmm… I wonder if I can turn those plastic bags over there into a jellyfish?’…”

Uhm, ME!  hehehehe….


the reef was so big I couldn't fit it all in one shot...



my favorite little guy... Fraggle Rock, anyone?

Anyway.  It was awesome.  So, SO awesome.  The exhibit will be at the Natural History Museum through April 2011, and it’s FREE (always a plus), so go for it!

Coming up this week:

A guest post by Amy at With Duck & Goose,

A new series on Raw Food,

A downsizing update,

and hopefully a pattern that isn’t filled with so much fail.

Cheers!  })i({

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({