Friday, February 03, 2006

(original post on mitSnB blog)



photographs above by james patten. see more at his seamless gallery.

i wanted to share with you some knitting-related stuff from the seamless show from wednesday. leave it to adorable diana eng (yep, of project runway) to put her knits into the spotlight! they're beautiful pieces, hand-machine-knit, and the collection she presented were called 'mathematical knits'. the stitches and shapes are inspired by the aesthetics and representations of mathematical patterns.

it's arguable that all knitting is in some form or another is inherently math-based... counting stitches, using old algebraic formulae to ensure correct gauge and estimate shoulder seams, resizing, increasing/decreasing magic, ribbing, etc. knitting is all about dextrously manipulating textile pixels!

i didn't get a chance to look at them closely enough, but i do want to attempt to reverse engineer it for a hand-knit pattern. :) especially the scarf!

the lovely models are nadia katana (scarf) and shawna speltz (coat). the scarf is a yellow/green/brown variegated sock-weight yarn (very bright and fine, reminded me of koigu kpppm), similar to this colorway. the coat is entirely knit in fingering-weight, with a fine lace ruffled edging. so beautiful it makes you want to go and master a knitting machine, doesn't it?

see more of diana's knits at the project runway store. she promised me she would teach me some of her machining tricks soon!

1 Comments:

Blogger populartransit said...

you are quite sharp! That is the exact same yarn I used. And I used a lot of it.

The others are jaggerspun wool, and a wool acrylic blend (on the jacket). But you know I have a fondness for jaggerspun, and all of the steaming capabilities and the yarn's lovely bouncy hand. The wool/acrylic made the lighter fringe... with a ruffle achieved thanks to 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, ... you know the drill.

Diana <3

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