There was a little old woman, about 70, sitting in the front row of
one of my lectures. She wore a little hat with strawberries and
cherries on it, a black patent-leather bag, and oxford shoes. The
audience was all flower children. I thought somebody brought their
grandmother. I would tell a far-out story, I would look over, and she
would be nodding yes. So I would get a little more outrageous, testing
my limits, and she kept nodding. I thought maybe she had a neck
problem. At the end, I egged her to come up, and I said, "What have
you done in your life where you know this stuff to be true?" She
leaned forward very conspiratorially and said, "I crochet."
It blew my mind. Up to then, it was "you meditate in Burma sitting
on the full moon on your head after fasting." And she crochets. I
finally realized that there are lots of routes up the
I'm a crochet artisan. It's one of the few crafts I'm good at, and I'm slowly becoming more original.
- WORK IN PROGRESS: Die Siedler von
This is an attempt -- a very much unfinished one
-- to render the classic boardgame Die Siedler von Catan
(Settlers of Catan) in crochet form. This project was dead for
a long time, and it's now getting a total overhaul. Watch this
- The Sierpinski Variations
My work on
Sierpinski triangles and cellular automata in crochet was presented in
January 2005 at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Atlanta. This work
also led to a chapter in AK Peters' forthcoming
Mathematics with Needlework. This is the (currently rather
nondetailed) web-resource accompanying that work.
- The Home of
Mathematical Knitting: sarah-marie belcastro administers this page
which, while focused on knitting and not crochet, serves as the
collection point for links dealing with MAA/AMS fiber arts projects
including the 2005 AMS
Special Session in Fiber Arts and the upcoming
Mathematics with Needlework.
Taimina's hyperbolic plane: An obvious idea in retrospect for
anyone who understands the definition of curvature and how crochet
works, but no less a brilliant idea for its simplicity. Also, actually
useful, since hyperbolic plane visualizations produced in other ways
tend to be inflexible, fragile, and/or expensive.
the Lorenz manifold: Using the same fundamental comprehension of
plane-curvature and crochet representation as the Taimina model, Hinge
Osinga and Bernd Krauskopf produced instructions for a crocheted
Lorenz manifold. This one is an insanely complicated project, but well
worth it by all reports.
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