WWW: The Computational Model of Knitting; Ontario’s First Mobile Yarn Shop; Knit the Bridge Complete!
Absolutely fascinating: the Computational Model of Knitting. The wiki K2G2, – “krafty knerds and geek girls” – has a marvellous series of posts about “Computational Craft”. The posts examine knitting (and other crafts) from the perspective of computer science. Knitting instructions can be seen as programs, and the motions can be seen as computations – straight needles acting as a LIFO (last in, first out) queue, circular knitting is a FIFO (first in, first out) queue.
As a mathematician, for a long time I’ve drawn parallels between patterns and programming languages, but I’ve never made the leap to seeing the movements that way. Love it.
Oh to be on the west coast of the US: the weekend of September 13-15, the annual Vashon Island Sheepdog trials are to be held, and this year the event is adding a yarny component: Skacel knitting is sponsoring a fiber arts tent, hosting local yarny vendors, classes and demonstrations. Dogs a knitting: sounds like a perfect day out!