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Stunting with Knitting

Remember this post? Nike and Adidas were fighting head to head over who had the rights to sell knit sneakers around the world.  Adidas won the court injunction, but Nike seems to have the more popular shoe; maybe due in part to publicity stunts like this one: Yup.  If someone …

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Can I Knit Myself a Car? Or a Space Shuttle?

I have knitting needles made from aluminum, bamboo, rose wood, and plain old wood and as a knitter, I have come to appreciate the subtleties of using these textured needles for different yarns. But I’m curious by nature. And when I heard about carbon fiber knitting needles, I couldn’t resist. …

Featuring Artwork by Damien Weighill, this 2 metre long creation tells the true story behind the PrimeKnit for the first time.

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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