Knits Just In!

Rocking-Knit chair knits hats as it rocks – First it was the clock that knits a scarf, now see the rocking chair that knits a hat!

34 Adorable Things To Do With Leftover Bits Of Yarn – Some of these are ingenious! I particularly like the stamp idea. Which is your favourite?

Knitting With Nan – A very touching blog from a young woman who cares for her Nan who suffers from dementia, in which she is taught to knit by Nan.

At knitting camp, needle junkies aquiver over learning at feet of the best – A report on Knitting Camp, Wisconsin USA. Founded by Elizabeth Zimmerman and continued by her daughter, this sounds like an amazing experience. This is definitely on my list of things to do when I one day win the lottery!

Knitting lessons traded for tech pointers – Students in New South Wales, Australia, teach care patrons how to use modern technology and, in return, are taught how to knit. I think this is brilliant, bringing generations together and showing that we all have things to learn from each other!

Launch of ‘Wel Hats’ campaign for soldiers in Afghanistan – Residents of Welwyn, Wales, have started a campaign of love and support for British troops in Afghanistan this winter by sending out hand-knitted hats.

Bill Cosby talks about “The World’s Favorite Cosby Sweater” – Fans from around the world have voted on their favourite sweater worn by Bill Cosby in the The Cosby Show. Bill himself responds to the poll and the amazing range of sweaters from the show.

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Lightsaber knitting needles – This chap made his own lightsaber knitting needles from scratch and shows you how. Awesome!

Cat’s Sweet Tomato Heel Socks – a Heel Tutorial – This video tutorials shows how to turn a really adorable heel, with lovely results.

June Yarn Giveaway! – Enter to win some yarn, what’s not to love?

One small, knitted step in the right direction – An insightful look at prisoner reform schemes and how teaching prisoners to knit can be a helpful tool on the path back to society.

We Need Your Knitting Support To Take Off! – A unique yarn bombing taking place in Wales. Volunteers are wanted to knit planes!

Why do knitting, crochet hook so many fans? – We all know why knitting and crochet is so fab, but this is a great summary and useful for sending to those friends who just don’t get it…

Free pattern: Alley Cat by Sue Stratford – Does just what it says on the tin: a cute free pattern for a cat!

Lord Of The Rings Scarf – One of my favourite geek knits of all time! This epic scarf features the Tree of Gondor motif and the entire Fellowship in silhouette, done with double knitting so the pattern is visible on both sides. Amazeballs!

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Knitting with your brainwaves!

This is my favourite knitting news story of all time. I was going to include it in last week’s Knits Just In, but I had so much to say on it that I decided it deserved its very own blog post!

NeuroKnitting brings together technology, science, music and knitting in an inspired project that I find hugely exciting and inspiring. An EEG headset is used to measure the brain activity of someone whilst they listen to music. The recorded brain patterns are processed by a computer and converted into a knitting pattern, which is fed into a knitting machine that produces a scarf of the brain activity pattern.
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This is possibly the most personalised knitted garment ever, amazing!
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This project would be even cooler if they could print me the pattern instead. I would then knit the scarf by hand whilst listening to the same music, which I think has a lovely symmetry to it.

Read all about the project  and watch a video of it in action on Knitic’s website, the manufacturer of the knitting machine used in the project.

 

If you had the opportunity to take a turn with this machine, what music would you choose to generate your scarf with?

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Why knitting and yoga are perfect bedfellows – An interesting look at how yoga and knitting complement each other.

Knitting Stories – An adorable animation about what happens when a knitter is out of wool.

Craftbomb: the power of the pom pom – Another interesting look at the rise of yarn bombing

The secret asylum knitting club – A review of the powerful play The Knitting Circle which examines the lives of women who lived in the old British mental health asylums

Knitbot Linen is here! – Knitbot have released a brand new book of patterns for linen yarns

Portsmouth’s maritime history knitted in wool – A fantastic art installation celebrating the ocean blue in Portsmouth, UK

Ode to Rowan Kidsilk Aura — The Sofia Wrap – Dayana showcases her unbelievably stunning Sofa wrap

And finally… Possibly the most hipster project I’ve seen in a while: a granny square of the Instagram icon!
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Source: knithacker

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Glow-in-the-dark sheep have amazing scientific, knitting potential – Scientists in Uruguay have developed glow-in-the-dark sheep!

Lion Cub Kwanza Loves His Ball Of Yarn – A lion cub with a ball of yarn, what’s not to like?

Welcome to the icky and cuddly world of knitted anatomy! – Surprisingly cute knitted anatomy to buy.

Knitting group protests provincial disability cuts – A knitting circle in Alberta, Canada, protests government cuts for people with developmental disabilities, by knitting a blanket

How is knitting like programming? – A report on a presentation about the similarities of knitting and programming, and how one can be used to help teach the other.

Knitting bridges culture chasm – An article about the documentary Mary Meets Mohammed, which tells the story of how a local knitting group came to befriend asylum seekers in Tasmania, Australia.

The Knitting Song by Bill Oddie – “Well if I’m feeling low, I knit a row, cos a fella needs his knitting just to ease his soul” How have a I never heard this song before?!

And finally… some stunning yarn bombing on a bike rack:

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Source: ishknits // instagram

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