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08 Jan



Knitted Horse Firework

January 8, 2014 | By | 2 Comments

Knitted Horse Firework

A knitted animation loop, created for the Crystallize show in  November 2013.  Eadward Muubridge’s Horse in Motion is codec-wrecked with firework.

28 stitches x 4878 rows

(272 frames, 11 seconds duration, 13 metres length).

Developed as part of the Knitting Digital research project.

15 Sep



Punchcard Economy

September 15, 2013 | By | 2 Comments


Reinterpreting the heritage of NW textile industry, whilst documenting the current experience of the freelance creative, Punchcard Economy is a machine-knitted banner based on the ‘8 hours labour, 8 hours recreation, 8 hours rest’ slogan coined by Robert Owen of the Eight Hour Day movement.

The design incorporates data collected from a range of ‘workers’ in the digital, creative and cultural industries, auditing contemporary working patterns within the digital economy, and revealing the shift from Owens’ ‘888’ ideal. The final work is produced on a domestic knitting machine using a combination of digital imaging tools and traditional punchcard systems.

You can see the development of  the Punchcard Economy project at

The banner will be on display at FACT as part of the TIME & MOTION show until March.

see also – Worker In ProgressKnitting Digital


Some facts about the banner:

  • It measures 5m x 3m
  • It was intended to measure 4.6m x 2.7 m. Clearly the standard tension sq for a 10cmx10cm sample has margin for error at that scale.
  • It is constructed of 9 columns, each with 1270 knitted rows, plus hems
  • The end columns measure 117 stitches per row, and the middle columns 168 stitches per row
  • Thats 1,790,700 stitches altogether
  • The design contains 221 weeks worth of data from 116 participants
  • Thats 5304 hours / stitches to make the basic info-graphic pattern repeat


A huge thankyou to everyone who contributed to the design by logging their hours.

Many thanks also to Iris for showing me how to knit, Tim for documenting the process (film will be in the exhibition), Hannah for finishing the final hems, and to Castlefield Gallery for providing me with space to knit

Thanks also to Mark and Andy for installing it today, to Mike, Ana, Emily and Lesley at FACT for supporting the idea so enthusiastically, and to Rob at Interconnect IT for sorting out this cracking website.

Special thanks to Davi Post and his IMG2Track software & tutorial that made it possible to develop the design digitally and send it to the 950i

Thankyou also to Arts Council and National Lottery England for supporting this work and the broader Knitting Digital research project.






15 Sep


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Drop-in Taster – Machine Knitting

September 15, 2013 | By | No Comments


Thursday 26th September 2-5pm at Purl City Yarns (62 Port St, Manchester, M1 2EQ)

Fancy having a go on a knitting machine, or discussing the possibilities of digital imaging and stocking stitch? Come along and meet myself and Iris from the NEPHRA Knit and Natter group, New Moston. We’re starting a dedicated Machine Knitting group in October, and we’re keen to encourage some new faces to come join us.

Purl City Yarns have kindly allowed us to set up a couple of machines upstairs for the afternoon on the 26th, so that anyone can drop in and find out more and also try their hand. Looking forward to meeting you!