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Mood Sweater

The smart fabric trend continues: The GER Mood Sweater by San Francisco based designer Kristin Neidlinger uses GSR (Galvanic Skin Response) technology to take readings, then interprets those readings as shifting light colors projected by LEDs into the sweater’s fabric. The colors let those around you know how you are …

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Book Review – Knits of Tomorrow

Details Title: Knits of Tomorrow: Toys and Accessories for your Retro-Future Needs Author: Sue Culligan ISBN-13: 978-1596688360 (pbk.) 2013 Interweave Press Summary A collection of patterns inspired by past advances in technology and science, e.g. sputnik, radio, reel-to-reel players, cassette tapes, robots, rockets, etc. Contents The book consists of twenty …

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Smart Knits

The smart fabric trend is definitely one of the coolest things to happen to knitting in a very long time. Smart fabrics, also called soft circuits or eTextiles, are fabrics and textiles with electronics incorporated into them. Electronics—like LEDs and batteries—can be hand-sewn into a nonconductive textile, or the whole …

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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. …

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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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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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Running With Knitting

What would the perfect running shoe look like for a knitter? It might look very similar to the perfect running shoe for a runner. As it turns out, runners like their shoes as light weight as possible.  They also like shoes which offer support, comfort, and breathability.  Apparently, some runners …

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Because Pop Art is Fun – Photos to Color Charts Part 4

A Very Short Story: I think that sweaters are art.  I always have, and I probably always will.  I find myself in art museums looking at a painting or sculpture and wondering what the artist would have created had they chosen yarn as the medium to convey their idea rather …

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Knitting a Picture – Photos to Color Charts Part 3

Where We Are So Far – Originally, I saw this really great image on the internet and I wanted to wear it.  Because I’m a knitter, I wanted to wear it on a sweater that I knit.  Because I might be a little bit knitting/technology obsessed, I thought that I …

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