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Neurological Knitting

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Ever a sucker for knitting and geekery, I was intrigued by an article I found on DVICE:

The Music Technology Group in Barcelona has devised a process to measure a person’s brain waves, and create a custom scarf with the pattern.  The team asks a person to wear an EEG cap, and listen to about 10 minutes of JS Bach’s Goldberg variations.  While this is going on, a computer is measuring the resulting brain activity, and then transferring it into a knitting pattern with an open-source machine called Knitic.

Not only is this super-cool, I’ve now answered the question of what to buy the person who has everything.

All You Knit is Love…

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A bit different from the yarn bombs I usually share, this one is literally knit graffiti. It also happens to be the perfect reminder when you happen to be up at 2am the night before a party trying to finish a gift.  I’m not sure where it originated (I found it on KnitHacker.com), but it’s fantastic.

And for those of you who now have the song stuck in your head, and/or need a Beatles fix, you can click HERE

Knitting by Lantern Light

How could a YARN-A-HOLIC not appreciate this?  The above photo, Knitting by Lantern Light, was published in ABC’s Today in Pictures:
A poll worker at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lawrence, Kan., knits by lantern light because of a power outage as she waits for voters for a city commission primary, Feb. 26, 2013 in Lawrence, Kans. Area streets and trees were packed with snow and more than 1,500 Douglas County, Kan., residents were without power as Lawrence woke up to its second major winter storm in less than a week. (Mike Yoder/Journal-World/AP Photo)

LoveSocks (a pattern)

For those of you still searching for the perfect Valentines Day gift, look no further. Designer Devon Clement left us a free pattern for these adorable socks downloadable on Ravelry. With their sweet stripes and hearted heel, what’s not to love?

Outrunning the Robot Apocalypse: A Knit Mural

“Knitting.  It’s for grannies, isn’t it? All those tea cozies, Christmas Balaclavas, and miniature scarves for eggs? But what if a robot could knit? They wouldn’t make a bobble hat for a teddy bear, they would make something awesome.  Right?  Like a laser pterodactyl, or a space ship, or the ultimate running shoe…”

The above is the lead-in from U-Dox’ video about illustrator Damien Weighill‘s latest creation to promote the Addidas Primeknit running shoe.  While I can’t confirm that the running shoe will help you outrun a robot apocalypse, I can say that the knit work is awesome.   The knit tapestry measures 2 meters and depicts killer robots, a stocking-hatted teddy bear, socks, a sad ant wearing a mittens, and  a pterodactyl shooting lasers from its eyes.

Nice work!

Ryan Gosling’s a Knitter. Who knew?

In the 2007 comedy Lars and the Real Girl, Ryan Gosling plays a delusional guy who’s in a relationship with a blow up doll. So what does that have to do with yarn?

In a recent interview with GQ Australia, Gosling says “I did this scene… where I was in a room full of old ladies who were knitting, and it was an all-day scene, so they showed me how. It was one of the most relaxing days of my life.” He goes on to say “If I had to design my perfect day, that would be it. And you get something out of it at the end. You get a nice present. For someone who wants an oddly shaped, off-putting scarf.”

A day of knitting would probably be my perfect day too, as it would for many YARN-A-HOLICS. What do you say we make Ryan an honorary member of the club?

Knit to Quit

Today I stumbled upon this lovely print ad and had to learn more…

After some investigation, I found that it was for “Knit to Quit” sessions at a yarn store in Australia.  Craft enthusiast Kris Howard urgess smokers to forget acupuncture, hypnotism and patches, and take up knitting.   She says that once you get into a rhythm of knitting, your brain will forget the cravings, and focus on what your yarn project. Knit and Quit classes run for four weeks and offer an AA-style support group that allows smokers to learn a new skill.  

Personally, I have no idea if this works.  I do love knitting, though, and would absolutely register for the class if the gentlemen in the ad was going to make an appearance.  😉