At age 109, Australia’s oldest man is still knitting tiny sweaters for oil-drenched penguins

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By Kenny Ong in News on Saturday 14 February 2015

Alfred Date took up knitting way back in the 1930s and after knitting many items for his family – he is a dad to 7 and a grandparent to 20 after all – he has since moved on to knitting sweaters for injured penguins drenched in oil caused by oil pollution of the seas.

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Interview with guerilla yarnbombers Lorna and Jill Watt

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Tuesday 13 May 2014

If you’re a fan of the ever-growing crocheting/knitting community, chances are you’ve seen the works of creative siblings Lorna & Jill Watt. They’ve yarnbombed trees, benches, telephone booths, mailboxes – basically anything they can get their hands, or yarns on, rather. In this exclusive interview, they talk about their creative process, their future projects, and most interestingly, sibling rivalry. [Read our original post about Lorna and Jill Watt here.]

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Knitted taxidermy animal trophies by Jessica Dance

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Tuesday 6 May 2014

Clearly, the plushest and most huggable taxidermy animals I’ve ever seen. Art director, Jessica Dance, collaborated with photographers David Sykes and Kim Jakobsen To in bringing to life – or death, rather – these two amazing animal trophy collections.

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Learn anatomy from dissected knitted creatures

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Monday 6 January 2014

Biology geeks and science nerds, decorate your home with the corpses of innocent dissected frogs and mice, if you haven’t already. For the squeamish, don’t worry, no actual animals – and aliens – were opened up and bathed in formaldehyde in the making of these fantastic knitted science experiments.

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Slow TV televises knitting, train journeys, wood burning in real time

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By Rachel Oakley in New Film on Monday 16 December 2013

We’re used to action packed TV shows, where editing takes care of the sometimes boring and nonessential parts of a program. But in Norway it’s another story. Enter Slow TV, a phenomenon that’s catching on and gaining huge popularity in the country. So, what is Slow TV? It’s just how you might imagine it. It […]

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New Zealand penguins in trendy eco sweater vests

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By sydneyrogue in New Fashion on Friday 25 October 2013

On the 5th of October 2011, a cargo ship ran aground in New Zealand pouring 350 tons of oil into the ocean. While the Environment Minister Nick Smith described the oil spill as the nation’s ‘most significant maritime environmental disasters’, volunteers took to the shores to save the local wildlife. In the noble effort, Skeinz, […]

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Cool Knitting: knitted sloths and other things you have to have

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By Karla Courtney in New Products on Tuesday 6 August 2013

Internet behold! Your favourite animals – sloths, sharks, cats, unicorns – all have knitting patterns for toys that you know you need (yes, you can sleep with a toy sloth at 30). Brought to you by the makers of the legendary Children’s Birthday Cake Book with the train on the cover, the book’s poems and […]

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NeuroKnitting: Knitwear with brainwave activity patterns

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By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Saturday 6 July 2013

Brainwave activity as patterned knitwear? Who thinks of such a thing? Well, artist duo Varvara Guljajeva and Mar Canet, that’s who. The two have worked in art and technology since 2009 and are now developing Knitic, a sort of open hardware that acts as the brains controling a knitting machine via Arduino. For the NeuroKnitting […]

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Paula Tantsurina: a knitted toy designer from Israel

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By John Gilley in New Products on Sunday 28 April 2013

Paula Tantsurina is a Tel Aviv-based toy designer. For years, knitting has been her greatest passion, but she found a demand for her goods not so long ago. As she says: ‘There is nothing in the world that can be compared with making toys. It’s not just creating a doll, but creating a whole world […]

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Amigurumi Molecules

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By Michele Banks in New Products on Monday 17 September 2012

Javelin Chi, a chemist who now works as a research technologist, started crocheting in graduate school to relieve the stress of lab work. She eventually turned her hobby into a professional sideline, selling her crocheted molecules on her Etsy shop, Prim and Plush, and at craft shows. 

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Magda Sayeg: the yarn bomber

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By Aaron Craig in New Art on Wednesday 9 May 2012

I had the privilege of listening to Magda Sayeg talk the other day at the Analogue/Digital Creative Conference on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. Sayeg has made a name for herself by pioneering what has become known globally as yarn bombing. The idea behind yarn bombing is to cover an object in the public environment with knitting and crocheting. Simple enough, but no small feat when you see the scale of some of the projects she has produced. Apparently covering a bridge is next on the horizon. It’s rad to see someone out there producing street art in a different context.

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Knitted fashions by Yokoo

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By Joanne Thies in New Fashion on Tuesday 10 April 2012

I’ve recently taken up knitting as a way to soothe the daily desktop grind and in an attempt to disconnect from my deep technology immersion. I hit the needles in the early evenings, and I find it reconnects me with my love of tactile creation. Knitting is also a strange repetitive form of mediation. I got a bit knitting crazy and recently set off on an online hunt to find all things knitting. I quickly found Yokoo, who is simply known as Yokoo.

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Adam and Eve in crochet and collage

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By Sarah Howell in New Events on Tuesday 28 September 2010

Sydney and London-based artists Kirsten Fredericks and Sarah Howell explore the holiest of power couples in their first joint exhibition: Adam and Eve. The artists invite viewers to sample the fruits in their Garden of Eden, with works that explore the masculine and feminine, the playfulness of sex, kitschy animalia and a uniquely perverse, tongue-in-cheek […]

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Superhero Amigurumi: knits for nerds

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By Adri Cowan in New Trends on Saturday 4 September 2010

Iron Man, Wonder Woman, the X-Men, Doctor Who and Frodo never looked so cute! These soft, adorable, and delightfully geeky ‘amigurumi’ (Japanese miniature knit dolls) created by Lady Lindsay make a sweet gift for the comic fan or movie buff in your world, even if that person is you. Or me — I’ll take Batman and The Joker for the win.

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