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Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Hyperbolic knitting

I had planned a Messy Tuesdays post but decided that, as there was no way that I could compete with Felix's kitchen ceiling*, I'd better just do the washing-up to make room for some photography.

I hadn't realised that in knitting the baby surprise jacket I was actually knitting a mathematical construct but when you lay the BSJ out 'flat' it's definitely a hyperbolic surface. Obviously EZ was a mathematical as well as a knitting genius!

Baby Surprise Jacket

Baby Surprise Jacket

The boyfriend came home with a Times article on Daina Taimina's hyperbolic crochet and pointed out the similarities between that and the BSJ. Luckily for those of us who are now getting requests for knitted mathematical models (the boyfriend now wants a mobius and maybe a Klein bottle) there are plenty of patterns on Ravelry. There's even a pattern for the pair of hyperbolic pants mentioned in the Times article!

* yes, I know it's not meant to be a competition!

1 comment:

Shannon said...

I just finished one of those myself. One of my favorite knits of all times.