Since I’m hooking Hawaiian lava, I was interested to find out if there are names for different types of lava. To my surprise, there are.
In the photo of Hawaiian lava by Leigh Hilbert that I’m using with permission for my Pele Speaks piece, there is what looks like two kinds of lava, but having read and looked at photos, I now believe it is the same kind called, pahoehoe [pronounced ‘paw-hoey-hoey’] - a nice Hawaiian name for it.
Pahoehoe lava is the second most abundant type. It’s characterized by a smooth, billowy, or ropy surface produced by its low velocity and air-cooled surface, which is not disrupted during flow. In the photo, the striated and billowy pahoehoe lava can be easily seen.
Another kind of lava with a Hawaiian name is a’a [pronounced ‘ah-ah’]. This type has a very rough surface with loose fragments formed as the lava is pulled apart and twisted during flow.
There is another type called pillow lava, which is formed under water. But enough science for today.
This past week I finished hooking the hot lava section and went on to hook in some dark grey foundation for the billowy lava, which I will hook with a variety of yarns. Before I start hooking with yarn, I steam blocked the piece and covered one side of the gripper strips on my frame, so I won’t pull out the yarn as I hook. I don’t do much hooking with yarn, so this will be interesting.
I can’t wait to see how this looks and hope to finish it by week’s end.
There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the amazing forms of nature all around us.