If you’ve been putting off popping by the National Museum of Natural History to see the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef, you’re about to miss your chance altogether. The reef closes April 24, 2011 so you’d best stop dallying.
Did you have a good Fibre Space Day?
You don’t know what Fibre Space Day is? What, were you too busy celebrating Greek Independence Day or Steve McQueen’s birthday?
Fibre Space Day is an extremely festive holiday wherein you wear one of your groovy Fibre Girl shirt, get all sugared up on Lavender Moon cupcake, and buy things.
Then, you knit things. Or eat more cupcakes. Maybe both.
Husband had a good Fibre Space Day. He didn’t get to go to the shop, but he wore a Fibre Space shirt in honor of this important and meaningful holiday. Here he is tonight, celebrating accordingly:
Dan Zak’s nice feature on Kandahar’s Combat Knitters is now available online and will be in tomorrow’s print edition of the Washington Post.
“NASA’s ‘Extreme Planet Makeover’; Crochet Coral Reef at the Smithsonian”
And the rest of us just knit scarves . . . Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef, National Museum of Natural History
An impressive exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History ties together art and science with yards and yards of sparkly yarn. The “Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef” is, amazingly, just what it sounds like: an enormous crocheted coral reef created by hundreds of local crafters, a spinoff from the worldwide Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project. (“Hyperbolic” refers to a kind of geometry that appears in some natural forms, including corals and sponges.) Sisters Margaret and Christine Wertheim launched the project in 2005 in their Los Angeles living room to promote ecological awareness and highlight the need for conservation. There are miniature beaded-crochet sea anemones, woolen jellyfish and a plastic portion of the reef, created to bring attention to ocean pollution. Sound weird? It’s magnificent. The exhibit runs through April 24.
(You can go visit the page to read about NASA – I quoted the whole section about the coral because it was a difficult article to find online in the first place).
I’m a docent at the reef and I’m usually there on Tuesdays but I won’t be there today, unfortunately.
A few weeks ago I had a lovely chat with TBD’s Arts and Entertainment editor, Andrew Beaujon. He interviewed me about art,fiber,Walmart,and the punkrock nature of crafting communities. He talked to a bunch of other cool people and then he posted a short piece based on those interviews last week, so here’s a link to “the year in yarn.”
Franklin is a cult figure to knitters. Thanks to this hilarious cartoon, he’s probably going to be a cult figure to the loved ones of knitters who have horrible gifts inflicted upon them.
I was talking about this [holiday gift knitting] with my therapist just last week. She suggested that I deal with my holiday angst in a constructive fashion by putting my heated inner dialogue down on paper so that I could properly analyze it. But I was out of paper, so instead I made an animated cartoon starring Albert Einstein and the Queen of England.
That will strike you as an odd coupling until I explain that whenever I experience a heated inner dialogue, that’s who the voices in my head sound like. (Although sometimes instead of Einstein I hear Fanny Brice; but the animation Web site doesn’t offer a Fanny Brice avatar.)
The result is that I still don’t have my holiday knitting under control and I have to find a new therapist.
You should go watch the movie, it’s funny.
update: I am not attending this workshop after all due to injury. Forgot it was posted so I’ll add this note instead of just deleting it.
This is a sweater I made from one of Stefanie Japel’s patterns:
I picked the design retreat, but I still want to take one of Novie Trump’s workshops in the future.