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Fibre art and mathematics - a love relationship

It fascinates me how traditional crafts such as knitting and crochet have now become highly useful tools for our understanding of science and mathematics. Knitting actually involves a fair bit of arithmetic, from counting stitches, calculating the gauge of your tension square (that is the number of stitches and rows required to knit a 10cm square for a particular yarn), adapting a pattern to match your gauge, and if you choose to work a pattern with a different yarn than recommended in your pattern, you will need to work out just how many balls of yarn you need for your project. But the relationship goes beyond simple counting and calculations....

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3000 Year Old Ball of Yarn found at Archeological Site in England

This is an amazing find: A 3000 year old ball of yarn was found amongst the remnants of a Bronze Age village at an archeological site near Cambridge in England. The Guardian Newspaper first reported on the discovery of the site in January this year in an article that describes the site as "Britain's Pompeii". The ball of yarn is not the only textile that researchers were able to recover, and it will be very exciting to find out more about how yarn such as this was spun and used 3000 years ago. If you would like to learn more about the Must Farm discoveries,...

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Rediscover knitting songs from the early 20th century!

Songs about knitting - from "A Stitch in Time" and "More Power to Your Knitting, Nell!" acclaimed vocalist and opera singer Melanie Gall uncovered the lost treasure trove of knitting songs.

She presented them to the public for the first time in a century in her beautiful performances "A Stitch in Time: A Knitting Cabaret" and "More Power to Your Knitting, Nell!" which she has been performing at various festivals around the world.


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