Friday, April 14, 2006

Quite a Yarn: Crocheting A Coral Reef

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Here’s a long yarn: twin sisters in Los Angeles are in stitches crocheting a replica coral reef and they’re inviting others to join their undersea sewing bee.

Margaret and Christine Wertheim are in the process of crocheting a 3-D coral reef on their dining room table that looks to the naked eye like a bunch of scrunchies.

Margaret – who is a science writer when she’s not sewing up sea creatures – says there aren’t any fish in the crochet coral reef because they’re focused on critters who have a pattern found in nature called “hyperbolic structure.”

There’s a scientific method to the madness: She says the patterns in nature are a “friendly example” for creationists who might be fuzzy on evolution.

The twins have knitted more than 60 coral pieces so far and the most popular is a large orange coral that took 150 hours to make.

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