WWW: hacking a knitting machine; shawl library; share Farfield Mill

Australian software engineer Sarah Spencer hacked a knitting machine to create an amazing stellar map.

It took over 100 hours to machine knit! The piece (worked over several panels) measures approximately 9 feet (2.8 meters) tall and 15 feet (4.6 m) wide and weighs about 33 pounds (15 kg).


The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., lends handmade shawls to chilly researchers. (via @jillianmoreno)

Which Which Knitty Shawl do you wish your library lent?

Farfield MillFarfield Mill is the last working weaving mill in the Yorkshire Dales, in northern England. It is home to about 20 artisan businesses, the main retail outlet for around 60 arts and crafts producers; and venue for art and crafts exhibitions with a nationwide reputation. It also has a heritage centre featuring the history of wool and its impact on the local economy and landscape. It needs to secure its future and is converting to a Community Benefit Society to make that happen. Learn more and help support the future of this unique place.

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Penny Shima Glanz spends her days spinning yarn and code into memorable projects. Small businesses rely on her for smart technology decisions. She creates understated elegance in her hand-knit and crochet designs. She loves muddy trail runs, fosters kittens, and lives in Westchester, NY with her husband and cat.

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