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Old Knitting Technology From the Future

So.  The legal battle between Nike’s Fly Knit and Adidas’ PrimeKnit seems to have faded into the background, and there doesn’t seem to be any new law suits, court injunctions, or other extraneous knitting gossip.  But there is this very interesting video from Adidas featuring illustrator Damien Weighill’s work, showcasing …

Vintage Sock Knitting Machines 101

Years ago, I was part of an expedition to the For Bare Feet sock factory in Southern Indiana. Okay, it was actually just a factory tour with some friends of mine where I stood in awe at huge stockpiles of threads and yarns, and industrial knitting machines which made my modest …

Where to Sit While You Knit

How many stereotypes do we, as knitters, have to deal with? Not just the ones we put on ourselves (like single-sock-knitters), but the ones left over from two centuries ago when wool, cotton, and silk were the only fibers available and everything was knit on ‘pins’ rather than needles. I’m …

Art for Sweaters’ Sakes

I’m a huge fan of art museums. As a child, I was fortunate enough to have a mother with the audacity to take children to art galleries. There was nothing to do but sit still, look, and above all DON’T TOUCH. It became a game after a little while—how close …

The Un-Knitting Machine – Includes a diagram

  Imogen Hedges from Rachel Mc Closkey on Vimeo. More than a decade into the new millennium we finally have it. The Un-knitting Machine.  London designer Imogen Hedges has really thought of it all, right down to a jet of steam which relaxes the yarn and the hand crank ball winder …

New Pattern! Chemise à Chevrons

Now available on Ravelry and RedHerringKnits.com . . . This oversized tunic length sweater features a v-neckline echoed by subtle chevrons drawing the eyes downward, creating slimming lines. The ribbed stitching on the hem is repeated in long cuffs, emphasizing the vertical lines in the chevrons. The front, back, neckline …

Book Review – No Sheep For You

Details Title: No Sheep for You: Knit happy with cotton, silk, linen, hemp, bamboo, and other delights Author: Amy R. Singer ISBN-13: 978-1-59668-012-8 (pbk.) 2007 Interweave Press Summary A guide to fibers (natural and synthetic) other than wool. Includes information on the kinds of fibers available, guidance on how to …

Winter and Hypoallergenic Yarns

The first snow came today. It’s beautiful. Big, wet, fat fluffy flakes of the best sort – the sort which promise to melt off of the roads in a couple of hours. Flakes litter the lawn, which is still a sharp green and provides a vibrant counterpoint to November gray. …

Computers Learn to Knit

I always watch for great knitting in the movies. Not that I see it that frequently.  But sometimes a sweater appears on the silver screen that makes me go “Oooooh!  Now why didn’t I think of that!”  and I completely lose track of the dialogue for a few moments while …

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