knittersThis summer, dozens of patrons of Eldersburg's Knitters Nest have been working on creating a yarn version of a coral reef. Their completed project will be displayed at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., beginning in October.

According to the Smithsonian, the project was designed as 10-by-16-foot crocheted reef and is being worked on by over 200 people, some of them from Eldersburg.

The very first yarn coral reef was made in 2005 by two Australian sisters who wanted to call attention to the ongoing destruction of the nearby Great Barrier Reef. Since then, crocheted reefs have popped up all over the world, calling attention to coral reef destruction due to overfishing, ocean acidification, and pollution.

According to Jennifer Lindsey, the project's coordinator for the Smithsonian, everyone who crocheted for the reef will have their names listed as contributors to the museum.

For more details, visit the Smithsonian's website.

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