June 10, 2013

Knitting Minerals

Filed under: Knitting and Crochet,Science and Art — sarah @ 8:28 am

Knitted minerals

At the Cheltenham Science Festival I meet a lady from Surrey University who was using knitting to explain chemistry. She had balls of wool, needles and patterns so that people could take part in knitting the unit cells of minerals (the little clusters of atoms that get repeated within a crystal structure).

Chemistry and knitting

The mineral is Perovskite which is found in abundance in the mantle 🙂 She is crowd sourcing knitters and crochet nuts to help make a huge model. The pattern is very simple. It is called The Perovskite Project – go and check it out!

Also there were huge beakers which looked cool with the balls of wool sticking out 🙂

Wool in a Beaker

So yes I am adding this to my knitting projects 🙂

One response to “Knitting Minerals”

  1. […] Last Saturday was knit in public day – I was still at the Cheltenham Science Festival working so I simply took my break at the knitting corner were they are knitting the mineral Perovskite as mentioned last week! […]

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