Science gets cuddly

22 Apr

This knitting stuff is good for a yarn. There seems to be nothing that some creative out there has not knitted and much of it makes for wonderful teaching aids. You could spare live animals lined up for dissection in Biology 101 by using Emily Stoneking‘s models instead.

For Marine Biologists there’s individual creatures of the sea starting with plankton, especially the beautiful work done by artist Anita Bruce; moving along to nudibranchs – confetti for divers I say – as sewn by Brigette Zacharczenko, aka the Weird Bug Lady, whose flickr/deviantart set will have you swoon over huggable Daphnia, trilobytes,  weevils and silverfish, to name but a very few (the real Glaucus Atlanticus will have you believing in dragons),

moving on to squid, fish and to a whole coral reef. The HCCR or Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef is a project started by The Institute for Figuring (go figure) trying new ways to engage people with science and environmental issues. In this case the engagement is on the state of coral reefs and the plight of the seas.  It has satellite coral reefs in a number of Australian cities, in Cape Town, in Europe and in the USA. You might be forgiven for thinking that the H is for Hyper or Hyperbole with all this stunning creativity but the Hyperbolic comes from Mathematicians: Dr. Daina Taimina came up with the idea of crocheting hyperbolic planes; in nature these are found on the frills of nudibranchs (see a beautiful gallery at National Geographic here) to the growth patterns of a coral reef.

For the study of Human Biology there are plenty of organs, such as those found in the etsy shop of Sarah Louisa Burns,


and there’s even a Museum of Scientifically Accurate Fabric Brain Art with a knitted brain by Karen Norberg – on the subject of brains: I came across this Brain Cap by Alana Noritake. I wonder if it could be used as a ruse during a zombie attack? While the zombie is eating the braaains (cap) you could make your getaway … –

then there are cells, genes, DNA and even molecules – something to please students of Biochemistry and Microbiology.

Knit_a_neuron Javelin's_etsy_shop

There are some knitted bacteria, but I much prefer these plushy diseases.

Bar a few cacti (and mushrooms) I could’nt find much for Botanists. There seems to be a preference for knitting a covering article for a plant. Though they do that for animals too.


Now knitted food, thats another thing altogether! You could fill whole shops and restaurants with the variety…

3 Responses to “Science gets cuddly”

  1. efratadenny April 23, 2012 at 04:43 #


  2. Graham Boyd April 24, 2012 at 20:32 #

    We need cuddly to keep us sane and happy in this world of turmoil! And especially we need all these images to stay sane in a world of overload and rapid change!

  3. simplycarola July 19, 2012 at 10:18 #

    Just saw a very nice blog entry with more detail about the crotcheting here: by a gin-enamoured hedgehog living with two chemists.

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