Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Crochet - Were moving up in the world

When I tell someone I crochet, I usually get the "Oh, isn't that quaint" look.

The Dictionary's definition of quaint is:
quaint (kwnt) KEY ADJECTIVE: quaint·er , quaint·est
1. Charmingly odd, especially in an old-fashioned way: "Sarah Orne Jewett . . . was dismissed by one critic as merely a New England old maid who wrote quaint, plot less sketches of late 19th-century coastal Maine" (James McManus).
2. Unfamiliar or unusual in character; strange: quaint dialect words. See Synonyms at strange.
3. Cleverly made; artful.

Tell the truth now. The average person's definition of crochet equates to charmingly odd, especially in an old-fashioned way. Hey knitting has maintained a healthy respect in the world. Even moved up a couple of notches on the ladder. There are knitting shows on TV and lots and lots of magazines for the knitter to find a great pattern in. The crochet magazines selection seems to have decreased on my stores shelf, usually I'm lucky to find 1 crochet magazine. On the talk show circuit I heard lots of famous people state that they knit, Vanna White is the only famous person that I know of who crochets.

Crochet has been undergoing a great metamorphosis thru the ages. Wikipedia states that "Beginning in the 1800s in Britain, America and France, crochet began to be used as a less costly substitute for other forms of lace. During the Great Irish Famine (1845-1849) , Ursuline nuns taught local women and children to thread crochet. It was shipped all across Europe and America and purchased for its beauty and also for the charitable help it provided for the Irish population. The craft remained primarily a homemaker's art until the late 1960s and early 1970s, when the new generation picked up on crochet and popularized granny squares. Although crochet underwent a subsequent decline in popularity, the early 21st century has seen a revival of interest in handcrafts and DIY, as well as great strides in improvement of the quality and varieties of yarn. There are many more new pattern books with modern patterns being printed, and most yarn stores now offer crochet lessons in addition to the traditional knitting lessons."

This brings us up to Crochets most recent metamorphosis, hyperbolic geometry! Did you know that Crochet patterns have an underlying mathematical structure and have been used to illustrate shapes in hyperbolic geometry that are difficult to reproduce using other media or are difficult to understand when viewed two-dimensionally.

Were moving on up to the big time, hehehe. Who would of thunk it, I've been illustrating hyperbolic geometry and I failed pre-algebra. Now I think I'll go crochet a coral reef...

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