Knitnews 14 July 2014

Conductive yarn operates gadgets, knitting creating a buzz(feed), Interweave Magazine Sale

Conductive yarn operates gadgets, knitting creating a buzz(feed), Interweave Magazine Sale

Conductive yarn operates gadgets, knitting creating a buzz(feed), Interweave Magazine Sale.

Into the middle of July we go. I know, I know, it’s a cliche, but time really does fly for me at the moment. I have no idea where the weeks are disappearing to. The hot weather has gone from Dublin, at least for the time being, though quite possibly for the year. ¬†(I accept the concept of hot is relative, and that 25 degrees celcius (about 77 F) is really quite mild in most places in the world). It is still quite pleasant out. Most of the time we do not need rain coats or even sweaters going out, which is as much as you can expect in Dublin. We were out for a lovely walk on the beach yesterday. I feel quite lucky to live in such a lovely part of the world!

walk on the beach

Anyway, I’ve got some interesting knitting news for you again. You can keep up to date with the latest stories by following the Knitter’s Handbook on Twitter or liking us on Facebook? If you have some knitting related news of your own, feel free to drop me a line through the contact button at the top of this page, in a comment to this post or on Facebook or Twitter. Or share your news using the #knitnews tag!

Conductive & sensitive yarn operates gadgets

This like a good knitter’s dream come true. Royal College of Art student Yen Chen Chang has developed a conductive yarn that can be used to operate gadgets. What’s more, the yarn is sensitive to touch, which allows human interaction to function as a trigger mechanism. The yarn was then used to knit and crochet various items. Enter the orange juice squeezer that requires two people to squeeze a giant knitted ball between them. Check out the video or read more on wired.

Knitting creating a buzz on buzzfeed

There was a lot of attention this week to this article on Buzzfeed¬†featuring ’19 Impossibly clever knitting & crochet patterns’. Some interesting finds in there alright. I think the air quotes are my personal favourite!

I’ve noticed that Buzzfeed does knitting related articles on a regular enough basis. And the author is usually Alanna Okun. Though she describes herself as a noted cactus-killer, that girl is clearly a knitter.

Interweave Magazine Sale

One of the biggest knitting publishers has a magazine sale on: a lot of Interweave magazines are currently just $1.99 for print or $2.99 for digital editions. You’ll have to be quick though, as today (Monday 14 July) is the last day of the sale. It might be the perfect opportunity to pick up that pattern you’d been having your eye on for ages for cheap.

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