Then, co-incidentally, over the weekend (and appropriately enough on a diving trip) a friend shared the following video:
The Crochet Coral Reef is the brain-child of the mathematician Margaret Wertheim. Drawing on her childhood experiences with "feminine handicrafts" she came up with the idea of using knitted or crocheted shapes to illustrate the mathematical concept of the hyperbolic plane and she convinced her sister to join her. I am not going to get into the details of the hyperbolic plane, but you can read more here. It was a visitor who noticed how all the pieces of crochet accumulating on the sisters' coffee table looked like coral. Wertheim recalls her sister saying: "We could crochet a coral reef" and so the project was born. It has been displayed across the US, Australia and London and highlights the impact of global warming on the amazing eco system of the coral reef.
The concept is amazingly simple. By adding in an additional stitch every 2nd, 3rd or 4th stitch you create a ruff-like surface that looks like some of the shapes found in the reef. At the moment I am not up to completing my piece of coral, but when I have I will share it with you.