Machine Knit Group #07 – hems, hooks, HIM

Another productive session, testing digital designs, making hems and even knitting a papercut. Iris and Barbara were again exploring the more advanced techniques of developing wearables on the Knitmaster. Iris also showed off her crocheted hook holder – a great example of textile engineering (which weirdly went well with Kath’s cardigan!)

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Kath had a first crack at knitting a digital image. The image chosen was that of Ville Valo, singer of Finnish metal band ‘HIM‘, with a view to creating a cushion cover next week. A quick google image search and some back and forth between photoshop and IMG2Track, and we had a nice resolution image to play with at 120 stitches wide. Kath was pleased with the final result, declaring that the knitted Ville Valo looked “handsome”.

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Iris also helped me develop some approaches to making hems for the Punchcard Economy banner. Firstly a bottom hem, then a top hem, and finally looking at incorporating a side hem.

The session didn’t run completely smoothly though, as Iris suffered a brutal paper cut. To stem the bleeding, she held a paper towel to her finger for half an hour, resulting in a bloody pattern. ┬áKath spotted this as a great design opportunity and so we took a picture of the tissue and sent the blood spotted image to the 950i, recreating the gory design in red and white yarn, thus marking the trauma.

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