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|"QUANTUM SHOT" #486|
Article by Rachel and Avi Abrams, link
When Art and Knitting Needles Collide
Knit your way out of stress and anxiety - into a more ordered universe of sophisticated yarn, crochet and lace patterns. Here are the weirdest knitting projects we could find...
Word of advice: finish your projects! The unfinished knitting projects tend to increase entropy ten-fold and fill all the space allowed for them - these misshapen lumps of yarn can breed in the dark corners voraciously.
The coffee cup says "I love you more than zombies love brains": Knitted squid by Not Hip, cup via
Let's start with the Biggest Knitted Sculpture - a pink bunny, big enough to be spotted from the Earth's orbit:
(images credit: Gelitin, via)
Viennese art group Gelitin knitted this fluffy wonder high on a mountain in Piedmont, Italy; it took them five years to do it. Now, some guys climb its belly to watch the sunset, others prefer to crawl around its knitted guts, spilled to one side... Speaking of unfortunate gutted rabbits, here are a few more, from Patricia Waller:
(image credit: Patricia Waller)
The Grim Knitter Cometh...
The unspeakable knitted menace, sneaking by the sink:
(image credit: Miss Shine)
Did you know that the way to the "Mountains of Madness" is paved with the fluffy Cthulhu Dolls? Of every variety, it seems:
(image credit: Amber)
On the left - just an innocent Cthulhu Penguin. On the right: Psycho Tomato from the Vegetable Liberation Army.
(Patterns by goddessSue13 and Sylvie)
One day the menace of the Cthulhu will awaken and terror will fill the Earth... all will die, except hardy knitters with their offerings and cthulhu idols will be spared. Believe it.
(image credit: Grim Knitters)
Halloween costume idea: the Gollum Hat, with Andy Serkis posing next to it:
(image credit: Regina Gonzales)
Speaking of hats and balaklavas, these designs named "Crochet Help for Ugly Children" are something else:
(image credit: ashesmonroe)
This is not Great Aunt Muriel's mothballed sweater. All things knitted are not cutesy, boring, and itchy... at the very least they can teach anatomy to all who care to wear them:
Baby's First DNA molecule
(Patterns by Kimberly Chapman, via)
Instructions and FAQ can be found on Knitty, made by mk.carroll
The Heart... (Pattern found in Knit.1, Winter 2006/7)
(image credit: TinKnits)
Every girl needs to knit her hubby a digestive system, because "the way to a man's heart is through his"... no, wait, not like this...
More detail and pattern available here
Knitted vegetables... maybe this propaganda will cause your man to eat his vegetables. Maybe not.
(image credit: Berroco)
Knit Your Own Aquarium
If you didn't get down to New York to see the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef, you can always populate your own textile aquarium with a great variety of knitted & crocheted animals. Knitters have an interesting affinity with deep-sea, many-tentacled & non-cuddly specimens, such as the nautilus:
(creations by Beth Skwarecki and Audrey M)
Squids are in vogue:
(creations by Kristi Schueler and Hansi)
Cuttlefish, Jellyfish, Nudibranch and Deep Sea Anglerfish:
Creations by Hansi
(image credit: Brigitte Read)
Above is a manta-ray, of course. Below is a lobster, named François:
(pattern by Molly)
Cool and Geeky Knits
Single-sided Klein Bottle Hats:
(creations by kleinbottle and majolo)
You know who this is:
(Pattern by Amigurumi)
This is Dalek from Dr. Who:
(image credit: Kimberly Chapman)
Comfy, Woozy Office Supplies:
(knit yourself a cubicle and defend it against evil bosses with sharp, long needles)
(creation by Nguyen Le, via)
Knit an egg holder, and more (some kind of "Awesome Pentagonalicious Goodness") -
(image credit: Berroco)
SubAtomic Particles (a "Particle Zoo" collection) -
See the whole catalog with descriptions here.
We did not cover any lace patterns here... wait, there is this urban piece of design that almost got included into our World's Weirdest Fences article:
Dutch design team Demakersvan came up with the idea and yes, these fences recently went into mass production in India:
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