Imagine my amazement when one of the knots featured was our old familiar standby in knitting and crochetting--the slip knot. But the article was not about how to tie a slip knot. It was something much different. I latched onto the magazine and read with fascination that Alexander Worden, who received a master of architecture from Virginia Tech in 2011, was an avid crocheter. He apparently taught himself to crochet to help learn the modeling software that architects use. I have no idea how these two things could possiblly be related, but apparently he saw something there. According to the article in the Virginia Tech magazine, architects are using computer-based curvilinear forms that react to each other. Mr. Worden was playing with a lace doily and thought it represented a real life example of how forms can warp without tearing. "As you pull ( a crocheting piece) and stretch it, the knots reconfigure and transform into a different system." The article goes on to say that "he was immediately hooked." Ha, ha, what a play on words. Mr. Worden now apparently is one of the few people who applies crocheting skills to architecture and continues to look for "potentials" in textiles.
Mr. Worden's resume indicates among other things that he was a Top Ten Finalist with Digital Crochet Print in the 2011 Dimension Extreme Redesign Competition and that he works for Enclos. Info on Enclos states that it is a company that involves the concept and design development of advanced building facade and enclosed structures , including glass facades, cable trusses, cable nets, grid shells, exposed truss systems and glass structures.
Who would ever have thought that trying to write a simple blog on the slip knot in crochet would lead to a modern, avant garde, architectural firm?
I just noticed another knot in the article is the Tom fool's knot which is used in animal restraint. I need to sign off and study that for awhile. Maybe I can apply the principles the next time we are giving the alpacas their ivermectin shots. I have no inclination to be thrown against the door of the barn again. I am still worried about having blood (from the scratch on my ear) run down the side of my face when a customer comes in. How awful--I was the Tom Fool!