Monday, 25 March 2013

Knitting Science

With the Edinburgh Science Festival just around the corner, here’s a post to show you all our new window display in Edinburgh: Knitting Science!

Knitting Science


The weird and wonderful objects featured in the display have been knitted and crocheted to illustrate various mathematical concepts and ideas. For example, these cowls are actually Mobius Strips (surfaces which have only one edge and one side) and these little trees (the brilliantly named Binary Bonsai) can be used to calculate or illustrate probability.


Mobius Strip Cowls
Binary Bonsai


My personal favourite has got to be the crocheted hyperbolic forms, which look like they belong either on the bottom of the sea or in outer space! You can create your own by starting with a few stitches (either in a line or in a circle) and then rapidly increasing the stitches at a constant rate.  For example, you could create one new stitch after every three.  This causes the shape to expand at an increasing rate and mimics the way many plants grow (and explains why these pieces look a lot like a coral reef).


Hyperbolic Crochet


The display will be up for the next few weeks, so feel free to swing by the shop for a closer look.

Special thanks to Julia and Madeleine for the kind loan of their woolly maths.

Post by Heather in our Edinburgh branch

Friday, 15 March 2013

Easter Egg Hunt

**THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED** 


It's COMPETITION TIME again!  This time, we've organised a little Easter Egg Hunt for you. Can you find all 7 eggs hidden amongst the yarns on our website?  Each egg will have a letter written on it. Once you've found them, rearrange the letters to spell an Easter-y word!

Email your answer to skim@mcadirect.com.  All correct answers will be put into a hat and the first name to be drawn will win one of our new Needle Felting Bird Kits. The competition will close at midnight on Monday 1st April, 2013.  The winner will be announced shortly after. 


Good Luck!

(Incidentally, there is a FREE crochet pattern for the little egg featured in our Easter Egg Hunt.  Enjoy!)

**THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED**