Knitting & Discovery

J.A.B. Knitter

Back in the day people made Ugly Xmas Sweaters with a straight face. Seriously.

There used to be strict rules and you had to follow patterns exactly. Sure, knitting always involved some math. Sure, knitting always had its social side. And yes, knitting has been a part of our lives from the moment the first twitchy person got bored. Basically it is still the same old game of twisting fiber around sticks. But now the story that goes in the knitter’s head is a lot more serious. And it’s a lot more fun at the same time.

There are no rules, or the rules are real – like physics. Or the rules are man-made laws and knitters are breaking them. Who knew that grandma’s doilies were also hyperbolic planes? Who knew that Madame Defarge and her radical approach to knitting for the revolution would find a modern response in yarn bombing? Who knew you could knit an anatomically correct brain?

Yes, it’s the same old knitting, but we knitters are thinking a whole lotta new thoughts. That’s what this site is, a part of the new story, a compendium of knitting with thoughts on science, art and life arising.

“Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.” Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

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