Be the Knitting Machine

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What comes after hipster knitting and celebrity knitting? Rocker knitting. It’s not what you think.

Two Swiss design students have created the Rocker-Knit, a machine that uses the motion of a rocking chair to power a knitting machine. Camien Ludi and Colin Peillex created the Rocking-Knit for a “low-tech factory” exhibition hosted by ECALUniversity of Art and Design and created this delightfully geeky video to show how it works. Love the lab coats. It turns the whole stereotype of the old lady knitting in her rocker on its head. (Hat tip to Apartment Therapy)

ECAL Low-Tech Factory/Rocking-Knit from ECAL on Vimeo.

Ludi and Peillex’s creation isn’t actually that far off from reality. Reuters recently produced a video about the resurgence of traditional Scottish Harris Tweed, which features a loom powered by a weaver who pedals a gear like a bicycle.

HarrisTweedReuters

Seems to me there is an opportunity to combine spinning classes with knitting classes.

Published Jan. 4, 2013 at ApparelNews.net