HACKING THE HAND - KNIT

STAY AT HOME ONLINE TUTORIALS (FREE RESOURCES)


EPISODE 1 - GATHERING MATERIALS

OUT NOW! 


At periods of stillness, creativity can bloom.  Despite my public engagement workshops and the whizzing around town have came to a stand still, I decided to design an alternative method to reach people, children and adults alike and continue to teach knitting skills - online! 

The action of knitting can provide a sense of mindfulness and help bring focus and structure in, and could help maintain a sense of calm in this turbulent time. 

I imagined that it is not perhaps that each and every household rushed to the nearest knitting shop before the lockdown happened, and felt it was needed to create a course that could be participated by absolutely everyone. Knitting without knitting needles?! Knitting without wool?! Yup. We will use what we've got, we will invent and use our imaginations, and continue to create!

Whilst I have designed these classes to teach the basics of hand knitting skills, this course will also build up on imagination, creative thinking, problem solving, resourcefulness and material intelligence in both small and big people!

Have a go, you might get hooked!

MACHINE KNITTING LEARNING 


'Knit Your Woolly Wonders' (working title) – workshops offer an opportunity for members of the public to design and make their own scarves on a manually operated knitting machine. To the participant this process often strikes as somewhat magic; witnessing their chosen design emerge as the elbow-powered carriage of the machine traverses from left to right and right to left, provides an awe-inspiring experience. The participants do not only walk away with a professional quality scarf made with natural fibres, but also, a great sense of achievement, inspiration for creativity and a deeper understanding of the manufacturing of knitted textiles.

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Knitting machine workshops with children and adults at Fruitmarket 'Littlesmarket' in Edinburgh (2018) and at RSE event 'Colours Of Art and Science' in Inverness (2019). Image credits: Elspeth Thomson and Paul Campbell Photography