Hyperbolic tawashi

I have one of those elusive moments in time nearing.

A span of days where my son has no obligations to which I must drive, no appointments with doctors or dentists, and no houseguests slated to visit.

In the last day or so as I realized that this cosmic convergence was going to happen, I decided that I needed to do something with that moment, and this morning, after I had finished breakfast and my second cup of coffee, I went to the Red Heart Yarn website to see if they offered tours of the factory.

Several link clicks and one phone call later, I had my answer: no tours. But the visit to the website was not in vain. It turns out that not only has Red Heart redesigned their website, but today was the second day in a 75 day 75th anniversary sweepstakes which runs from February 14, 2011 to April, 28, 2011. Seventy-five prizes a day for 75 days, and one grand prize to boot.

If you register here, you only need to enter once to be included in the daily drawings and eligible for the grandprize.

So, I entered the sweepstakes, liked the Facebook page, and then, I decided the moment called for a celebration.

So I, being a devotee of the musical Wicked, channeled my inner Glinda, grabbed my 4.0mm hook, and, with my Red Heart Super Saver stash by my side, celebrated by making a hyperbolic tawashi.

Tawashis are a traditional Japanese cleaning brush. This idea has been translated by Japanese crocheters into scrubbing devices in various forms crocheted with a firm gauge from acrylic yarn. The variety of tawashis are endless, but most of them have one thing in common: they embrace kawaii, and incorporate this Japanese aesthetic of cute into their design.

Starting with a chain 4 loop, I worked 8 sc stitches into the loop for the first round, and from there on, I worked 2sc into each stitch for five additional rounds, changing colors as desired. Here was the result:

crochet hyperbolic plane tawashi
The first three rounds of a six-round crochet hyperbolic plane

crochet hyperbolic plane tawashi
The first four rounds of a six-round crochet hyperbolic plane

crochet hyperbolic plane tawashi
The first five rounds of a six-round crochet hyperbolic plane

crochet hyperbolic plane tawashi
The completed hyperbolic tawashi

crochet hyperbolic plane tawashi
Another view of the hyperbolic twashi

I don’t know what tomorrow will bring, but I do know that I need to get started planning my upcoming adventure.

The possibilities, like the edge of a hyperbolic plane, are practically endless.

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