Hi Mum! Just a quick blog post from me today. I’ve been super busy with anniversaries, custom orders and working with the new one pixel per knit knitting…
I’d just like to give a shout out to a local tshirt printing shop called Das T-Shirt Automat. They’re a small corner store which prints your designs onto nice quality tshirts. John and I just had our 2nd wedding anniversary, the theme being cotton. While this should have been the PERFECT opportunity to knit John a cotton jumper, I wasn’t able to finish it before I caught the flu and all good intentions went out the window. Das T-Shirt Automat to the rescue! I designed a couple of uniquely John cotton tshirts and they turned the print around in a couple of days. To my surprise, they also have a Brother brand machine which does all their printing!
I thought that was super cool and worth a shout out.
The tshirt designs you ask? Well, they obviously had to be space themed and about us (kinda). Needless to say they’re a little obscure. I blame the high fever 🙂
Sometimes (often) I’m backward in coming forward. It’s a failing. I’m working on it. 🙂
You would think that for someone who’s done three coloured knits before with success, using one knit per pixel is just a stretch goal. Not real critical. However, my recent work in Algorithms of Multi-Coloured Knitting had a lot of motivation behind it. There was a thing I really wanted to make. So much so, it had me twisting my brain in knots trying to figure out a way to make it a reality.
Some weeks ago John and I were watching Stargazing Live on ABC, mere days after I cracked the three colour algorithm. Go check it out on iView if you’re at all interested in the night sky and what average Australians can tell you about what’s up there. A lot of passionate people are taking amazing photos with off the shelf cameras, not to mention what the professionals are up to at Siding Spring Observatory.
“She looks cold”, said John pointing to a visibly shivering Kumi Taguchi interviewing the Space Gandalf.
“Her scarf is ineffectual”, I replied, having been watching the scarf parade on screen as much as delighting in the astronomy.
“You could make her a scarf”
“There’s a particular scarf I want to make, but it can’t be done.”
“What’s stopping you?”
“Well… I’ve improved the resolution issue with the new algorithm but I still don’t think I have enough pixels. I want to knit the Milky Way.”
“You’d better figure it out soon, looks like there’s another scarf festival on this year and the theme is Galaxies.”
“Wow… you’re KIDDING me?!”
I’ve previously discussed hacking the Brother KM-950i. The major limitation to this work was the hack only supported two-colour patterns. That’s like having a black and white printer when what I really wanted was a colour printer!
Two-colour patterns are quite simple. Each knit is represented in binary (0 or 1) for the two colours.
So how could this possibly support multi-colour? It wasn’t until 2015 (2 years after my initial fork of the Brother KM-930e hack) when I had my first epiphany and a year later in 2016 when I actually knitted a multi-coloured thing. This upgrade to the original two-colour hack has been several years in the making!
“Hack a knitting machine!” They said.
“It’ll be fun!” They said.
Well, I did get there eventually. But it was a battle just to get two-colour hacked knitting working (not of Mordor proportions, but still very big). I’d like to give you a quick introduction of the code and methods I used. I’ll be posting about upgrading to the multi-colour hack (ie, more than two colours) in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!
We’ve had quite an epic few years traveling Europe and seeing some awe-inspiring projects that would knock the socks off any layman. I mean, we’re both makers at heart, but there’s nothing quite like seeing what other people have been doing to remind you how little you’ve done and how much more there is yet to do.
“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta
We’ve finally settled down in one location and it’s high time we shared some of the things we’ve been up to. From automated gardening to converting a knitting machine into a network printer, we’ve got a tonne of ideas we can’t wait to share with you.
So, here’s the obligatory “hello world!” and “watch this space”.
What projects have left you particularly inspired recently?