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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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A Yarn-Bombed Life

Yarn bombing has been around for a while now. I remember first reading about it in Vogue Knitting, distinctly remember the photograph of an actual knit bomb they used to illustrate the article.  That picture exhausted my entire knowledge of ordnance in a single blow as I wondered, What the …

Sunshine+Knitting+Foreign Films

Hooray For Warmer Weather! I could spend the next few months in anguish for my stored woolens, but I won’t.  Nope.  Being warm all the time is a wonderful sensation, and one of the primary reasons I love my sweaters.  Besides, sunshine and flowers and 80 degree days doesn’t mean …

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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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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. …

Computer Knitted Glove using stitch meshes.  All rights remain with their owners.  Image sourced from cemyuksel.com

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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