The Velaslavasay Panorama and
the Institute For Figuring invite you to the inaugural gathering
of KnitOne-PurlOne, a sort-of-monthly, hands-on convocation about
knitting, crochet, tatting, lace making, tapestry, sewing, embroidery,
felt making, and other delicate handicrafts.
In this, our first get-together, IFF director Margaret Wertheim
will lead a workshop on crocheting the hyperbolic plane, based on
the discoveries of Cornell University mathematician Daina Taimina.
After 150 years of mathematical wrestling with hyperbolic space,
Dr. Taimina finally figured out how to make a workable physical
model of this infamous non-Euclidean structure, using the techniques
Bring your hook and yarn, and start your own hyperbolic space.
Beginners are welcome - the workshop will include instruction in
Also, all are invited to bring your own handicraft projects in
progress to work on during our gathering.
Street parking is available and there are some spots in the lot
behind the Velaslavasay Panorama (the mint green Union Theatre building),
which is only accessible from 25th Street off of Hoover.
We recommend that attendees bring a size C or D crochet hook. For
a good stiff model choose a relatively thick, tightly wound woolen
yarn (“Zara” is an excellent choice and may be obtained
at the Knitters Studio on Third Street.) Cotton yarns are not recommended,
but cheap synthetics will yield the most structurally perky models.