I don’t have knitting news today, but I do have something that I want to share with you because it is important to everyone, but especially appreciated by all of us who enjoy seeing new applications for things made from yarn.
Margaret Wertheimer and her twin sister have taken on a project that seems most unlikely for people who work with science and mathematics. The story behind this project is about global warming and what it is doing to precious resources on our planet that might not survive and are impossible to replace. In this case, it is about how global warming is causing beautifully colorful coral reefs to turn into monochrome black and white fields of dead coral. Margaret and her sister Christine started a groundswell of enthusiasm that is bringing more visibility to the plight of coral reefs in displays all around the world. This project is especially exciting because it involves something we understand and enjoy—working with yarn! This is about a crocheted coral reef display that has been on exhibit in museums across the world and has sparked enthusiasm to produce permanent exhibits locally in many of the same places. It turns out that there is a reason why crochet is especially appropriate for making depictions of coral reefs. At the end of this post I’ll include a video of Margaret Wertheimer speaking at a TED engagement that will tell you much more than I can! (If you don’t know what TED stands for—and I didn’t—you can find it by Googling the term. Turns out it is something of a modern phenomenon in the field of motivation!)
I’ll let the pictures of these incredible crocheted coral reefs speak for themselves. We’ll take a virtual trip to a museum in St. Petersburg, Florida. . .
Creatures living about and above the reefs are also part of the cycle of ocean life. They are incredibly fragile when it comes to temperature change in their waters.
I stumbled across this in another blog–The Pickled Hedgehog Dilemma. The owner was kind enough to allow me to share all of this with you. I know he’d be glad to have you drop in anytime www.thepickledhedgehog.com
And, here’s the video of Margaret to explain how this all began. (With luck, it may actually appear! I’m still struggling with embedding YouTube videos in places where I want them!)
And, failing that, here’s a link to the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGEDHMF4rLI&feature=youtu.be