Sunday, November 9, 2008

Some random fiber links

A friend sent me a link to a website which shows how mathematician Daina Taimina used her crocheting skills to create a physical model of hyperbolic space that wouldn't fall apart as easily as the paper models they used with students. Quite frankly, I think I've done this on accident before - I'm a weaver. Not so good with the crocheting. :-) I started a scarf one time that turned into a Barbie dress.

Hyberbolic Space Crochet Models

Want to make your own? Here's an Interweave article with a pattern! I may ask my mom to make me one. If I tried, it'd probably turn into a scarf.

Taking Crocheting to a Higher Plane

I'm sure I'm the last one to know this, but I just saw in my Halcyon Yarn catalog that Opal Sock Yarn has Harry Potter sock yarn! I confess to not being a Harry Potter fan myself, but I think it's cool anyway, and the yarns are gorgeous. I did, however, find this complaint about Opal Sock Yarns from back in April. I suppose ymmv.

Personally, I want yarns from their Rainforest 4 - Emily, the Gouldian Finch, and Rocky, the Hyacinth Macaw - two birds Ian and I always wanted, but they are just so expensive! The Hyacinth much more than the Gouldian, of course, although part of the reason with the Gouldian was that we had so many Java Rice finches. Cassandra, the beautiful red and blue dragonfly, is a gorgeous yarn, too. I think my Mom should make my Dad a pair of socks from the Daggy yarn - Daggy is a mallard, and the yarn just LOOKS like a hunter should be wearing those socks! My niece Jessica would probably love Elvira, the blue butterfly yarn. I'm not sure what kind of bird Harald is, but he's all orange and yellow and reminds me of my nephew, James - although Otto, from Rainforest 3, is orange and blue and looks "more manly." I have half my family socked! :-) Now if only I knitted.

The Hundertwasser 1 Collection has some gorgeous yarns as well. In fact, the only one I saw that I didn't love was Sea Serpent, and that's only because it was just a little too bland for my taste.

In the Hundertwasser 2 Collection, my favorites were Rain on a Rainy Day, Good Morning City, and Tender Dinghi, with the latter being by far my favorite out of all I've seen so far. These yarns are just gorgeous! Of course, I love themes. I'm a sucker for a theme.

My advice - when looking at the slideshows of Hundertwasser 1 and 2, use the fullscreen mode. It only helps a little, but it's definitely better than the regular view. And if anyone knows of a site with better pictures of worked samples using this yarn, please let me know! Especially woven samples. I'm going to try to resist buying any to use on my weavettes until after the new year, at least. Maybe I'll put it on my Christmas list. :-)

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