Friday, December 18, 2009

Traveling with Your Needlework

Those of us who like to travel with our needlework can find it challenging. But with a little thought and some basic concepts, it's very possible even for the lightest packer.

1. Check TSA standards before your trip. You may even want to print pages that specifically discuss your tools in case you encounter a difficult TSA employee.
2. Don't take expensive or difficult to replace tools so that if they become lost or damaged, you won't be devastated.
3. Take a small project or small parts of one.
4. Take a photocopy of your pattern instead of the original sheets or book.
5. Put everything in a compression bag. This not only keeps your project clean, it saves space when you're not working on it.
6. Choose something that is both fun and doesn't require intense concentration. You may have to put it aside at a moment's notice.

Margaret Wertheim and the Coral Reef: Crochet and Hyperbolic Geometry

Margaret Wertheim leads a project to re-create the creatures of the coral reefs using a crochet technique invented by a mathematician -- celebrating the amazements of the reef, and deep-diving into the hyperbolic geometry underlying coral creation.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Holding It Together

Have you ever had a center-pull ball of yarn slowly slide apart while you're using it to make the ultimate project?

Save those net bags that you get fruits and vegetables in from the grocery store. They are useful for containing that ball of yarn with a mind of its own.

Take any labels off the bag and weave a piece of leftover yarn through the netting about an inch from the top. Carefully insert your rebellious ball of yarn with the end coming out the opening and pull the opening closed. Tie a bow and you're ready to go.