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Knitting as computation


K2G2 -- a wiki for "krafty knerds and geek girls" -- has a marvellous series of posts about "Computational Craft" through which traditional crafting practices, like knitting, are analyzed through the lens of computer science. The most recent post, A Computational Model of Knitting, point out the amazing parallels between knitting and computing, with knitting needles performing stack and dequeue operations, "While straight needles with caps store and retrieve their stitches according to the principle of LIFO (first in - last out), double pointed and circular needles additionally implement the functions of a queue or FIFO (first in – first out), effectively forming a double ended queue, also known as dequeue."

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Jane's cat made from cat hair

My 10-year-old daughter has been brushing our three cats and saving their hair in a plastic bag. She wanted to be ready when her copy of Crafting With Cat Hair arrived. On Sunday morning, she made her first cat hair project - a little cat. My older daughter had a sneezing fit, so Jane will have to complete the other projects from the book outside.

Crafting With Cat Hair

TV and TV dinner made from felt

Andrew Salomone of Craft says: "Fiber artist LeBrie Rich of Penfelt created this amazing felted TV diner (complete with TV) using a combination of commercial wool felt with needle and wet felting."

I would've preferred the TV to be showing Land of the Giants instead of a football game, but I won't complain.

Felted TV Diner

US Olympic Committee says sorry to knitters whom it claimed "denigrated" the games

The US Olympic Committee has apologized for describing the knitters' Ravelympics as "denigrating" to real athletes. Ravelympics are an activity on Ravelry, a community for knitters, in which members compete to complete knitting projects while watching Olympic events, producing hybrids like the "afghan marathon" and "scarf hockey." The Olympic Committee, worried that they will have a hard time raising millions for giant, evil companies like Dow Chemicals if knitters are allowed to share patterns that include the Olympic rings, sent a grossly insulting legal threat to the knitters of Ravelry:

We believe using the name "Ravelympics" for a competition that involves an afghan marathon, scarf hockey and sweater triathlon, among others, tends to denigrate the true nature of the Olympic Games. In a sense, it is disrespectful to our country's finest athletes and fails to recognize or appreciate their hard work.

After a lot of hue and cry, the USOC said sorry, and suggested that knitters could give away the stuff they make to the USOC.

Jun 21 Statement from USOC Spokesperson Patrick Sandusky (Thanks, Gladys!)

Crocheted cyclops


Crochet costumer Veronica Knight has topped herself with this crocheted cyclops outfit. This puts the Z in ZOMG.

Crocheted Cyclops Costume

Hello Kitty toddler trousers knitting pattern


Etsy seller Mazter has created a knitting pattern for these teeth-achingly cute Hello Kitty toddler trousers and is accepting pre-sales. It's available in Norwegian and English.

PRE-SALE: Knitting pattern - Kitty pants (via Craft)

Keep Calm and Carry Yarn

A fine newcomer to the field of remixes of the WWII British "KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON" posters, from Etsy seller jenniegee.

Keep Calm and Carry Yarn poster