Granite one, Perlite one – Knitting Rocks

Trilobite hat (c) Hannah Ingalls

It’s Autumn, and while we’d normally have been in our woolies for weeks now, we’re still able to get away without. For knitters this is a great time to whip up a quick hat or pair of gloves – but have you ever considered geological knitting?

From wearable strata to knitted geodes, there are a host of patterns out there for the geologist in your life, especially when that geologist is you.

The Society’s Code for Geological Fieldwork suggests warm and waterproof clothing in the field – why not try a trilobite hat for a fossil lover? This free pattern is warm enough for windy days but not so bulky you couldn’t get a hard hat on top, and it’s fabulous to boot.

Geology shawl (c) verybusymonkey

For neck wear, there are lots of shawls and scarves out there.  Verybusymonkey has designed an intricate strata shawl showcasing a range of knitting skills, which would work out in the field and just as well in the pub afterwards.  This one’s in my own knitting queue, once I’ve worked through the mountain of other projects on the go.  This designer also has a collection of beautiful shawls inspired by America’s national parks, including Bryce Canyon, or why not try some socks inspired by Aliso Creek?

This wonderfully accurate tectonics scarf might be another option for the more advanced knitter.

Knitted geodes (c) ODDknit

Or maybe you’d prefer a trilobite you can hold, instead of wear?  ODDknit’s trilobites are still partially encased in rock, and would make excellent paperweights if weighted – I use rice (make sure it’s well wrapped, in case your trilobite accidentally goes for a swim) or fishing weights, if you happen to have those to hand (well, you might).

There are a few other geology related patterns from this designer, but one standout is the fabulous beaded geode pattern!

These charming nautiloids are the work of Beth Skwarecki, who says that ‘every scary prehistoric beast should be made into a huggable toy’, and I quite agree.  With the pattern working up in an evening, they’d make a fantastic last minute gift for the young (and young at heart) geologist.

Darwin's Floating Head, created by Cristina Amati. Image (c) UCL, Institute of Making/Robert Eagle.

Darwin’s Floating Head, created by Cristina Amati. Image (c) UCL, Institute of Making/Robert Eagle.

Finally, we have an incredibly advanced bit of crafting.  When UCL moved Darwin’s bust from the Darwin Building to the Grant Museum they started a competition to find a replacement.  Using 3D scans of the original bust, the university challenged students to think of the most innovative techniques they could to honour Darwin’s legacy.  The finalists are all amazing, from a nutrient enriched gel for an ant colony to a USB flash drive in Darwin’s image (which the 3D scan converted from binary to a genetic code, ready to be inserted into DNA).  The winner, and my own personal favourite, is the absolutely magnificent (and slightly terrifying) life size crochet floating head.

A level of crafting skill the rest of us can only dream of.  For something slightly more achievable, keep watching the blog…


Credit (and blame) for the pun filled title is owed to Michael McKimm and Ted Nield. Sorry.

6 thoughts on “Granite one, Perlite one – Knitting Rocks

  1. Well done Sarah. Managed (with help from the Librarian) to read your fascinating blog. I am gradually becoming a `with it` Grand-dad. and am very proud of your successes. Love from Grand-dad Hort

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