WWW: Crocheted nature; Museum opportunities; Math(s) and knitting

Zurich Train station tree - Photo by Mark Niedermann/Foundation Beyeler

Many of my knitting news alerts are generic articles about how knitting (and other creative pursuits) can help us manage our mental health. What does that mean in every day life? This beautiful charity garden at Gloucester Cathedral in England on show this August highlights the positive benefits of knitting for mental health.

Zurich Train station tree - Photo by Mark Niedermann/Foundation BeyelerIf travel often has you stressed, perhaps you should try to
pass through Zurich Central Station. Pause and enjoy the new crocheted tree installation by Brazilian conceptual artist Ernesto Neto. The 20-meter-high sculpture is made entirely of orange and green hand-knotted and finger-crocheted strands of cotton.

Two exhibits for the textile arts on opposite sides of the United States caught my eye this week.

The first is at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Art, Artists & You. It’s a blend of interactive art studio and exhibition. It’s a blend of interactive art studio and exhibition. Families can try crocheting, weaving, knitting, beading, and stuffed-animal or soft-sculpture crafting. See CMOM for more information (yes it’s part of the NYPL/Culture Pass initiative).

History Museum of Hood River County - Follow the ThreadThe second is in Oregon at the History Museum of Hood River County. Their new exhibit, Follow the Thread chronicles the art of textiles, through Aug. 31.

Perhaps you’ve seen this article on teaching math through knitting by Sara Jensen. Are there any very maths centric patterns within Knitty? Here are two that caught my eye: Numbers bag by Stephen Hartley and the Klein Bottle Hat by Marie-Christine Mahé.

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Penny Shima Glanz spends her days spinning yarn and code into memorable projects. Small businesses rely on her for smart technology decisions. She creates understated elegance in her hand-knit and crochet designs. She loves muddy trail runs, fosters kittens, and lives in Westchester, NY with her husband and cat.