I’ve become a member to a hacker’s space in the city called Pumping Station: one. The facilities include tools for work in metal, wood, textiles, electronics and fabrication tools like a laser cutter and makerbot 3D printer.
My interest in the knitting machine is what brought me to the space thanks to Jesse Seay. Jesse is a phenomenal sound artist that is currently exhibiting at the Hyde Park art center.
Jesse three types of knitting machines she has been training me on;
· One can do basic stitches anything really that can be done by hand and you adjust the pattern manually on each row.
· The second machine has a punch card reader so if a card is inserted the pattern will change automatically to follow the card.
· The third machine is the coolest and really one I know nothing about but would love to be fluent in. The machine is electronic and hacked to work with a computer and read off a program for its patterning. This thing really blows my mind and I have a lot in mind of using text on illustrator to create story banners (or general image blankets for holiday presents)