Budweiser’s Tweet Powered Knitting Machine: Knitbot

Yoked Cardigan by Hannah Fettig, knit in Briar Rose Fibers' Fourth of July (my apologies, I do not know the color way… it was yarn from my stash that had been waiting its turn to be knit for a while)

Sorry for the delay — it’s been… a long week in my little corner of the world. After much delay, this photo is the first of my vacation projects. It is for my daughter. It has shorter sleeves than the pattern because my daughter — a very fussy 4-year-old fashionista  — insisted the sleeves remain exactly that length. I did add a bit of length to the body… the boss didn’t object to that.

For those interested, this pattern is wonderfully easy. It would be a fabulous first sweater for a knitter looking to take that step. Sizes ranges are extraordinarily generous — from baby to adult (finished bust measurements from 17” to 61”). Also, great for a baby gift as it whips up quickly. Before you begin, do check the errata because there are a few minor corrections there.

Follow Hannah Fettig’s Knitbot blog to see her latest designs & news. She has a new book coming out soon titled Knitbot Essentials — it is sure to be a must-have!

Autumn Feel Update

Beach flower from a beach

Is yarn a thing of Autumn? I don’t know, perhaps is the shorter days with more hours spent indoors, less light and less photographs. This Autumn I have gone back to my knitting needles, abandoned since I started sewing, taking film phoyographs and having a dog.

At the moment I am busy with a long term project, a beautiful cardigan from Knitbot, which I started with the…

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Time to restart the sharing. :-)

Here is what Budweiser did around Xmas. For every tweet with hastag #jumpers4des the knitbot (a knitting machine powered by twitter) was programmed to make a sweater.

Not only that, but later on they were to enable the users to win one with a specially developed FB app.


Budweiser’s Tweet Powered Knitting Machine celebrate responsibly

In Review: Knitbot Essentials

Like so many knitters, I first started paying attention to Hannah Fettig’s Knitbot designs in 2009 when her Whisper Cardigan appeared in the Spring issue of Interweave Knits. Among the attributes that caught my eye was the gracefulness of the design; it was both wearable on a daily basis & yet still distinguished. It was like every sweater I’d ever loved, just better.

Over the years her designs have never deviated from this vision. Simple and yet with a touch of individuality, each of her sweaters & accessories have the power to become an instant staple in your wardrobe. Having now worked quite a few of her patterns, I’ve learned that her talent does not stop at the classic quality of the design  — her pattern writing is clear & concise making these garments not just inherently wearable, they are accessible & realistic projects for knitters of all skill levels.

I have a library of Knitbot patterns which I’ve bought over the years both at my local yarn shop & via Ravelry download, but this did not stop me from purchasing Knitbot Essentials as soon as it became available at Firefly Fibers. The book itself is beautiful — the photography, the colors, the layout — it is a treasure that I almost feel bad using (don’t worry… that will pass). Honestly, what I love most about this book — beyond the beautiful sweaters and the treat of the accessories — is page 10. On this page, Fettig writes about what we love best about her work — her command of drape. Creating the perfect fabric is a key component to her designs and in this one page she gives you all the know-how you need to do just that.

A collaborative effort with the folks at Quince & Co Yarns, I also really enjoyed that this book highlights this company’s yarns knit up with in-depth descriptions by weight. Generally I only use yarn I can purchase locally in order to support local business & my own knitting community (and all but only the tiniest portion of my yarn purchases will always remain dedicated to my lys for this reason), so I have not had the good fortune of trying these yarns. Quince & Co is an enterprise that I hope to dabble in soon, though. I appreciate their roots and have heard nothing but good things about the quality of their yarns. On a wholly personal note, my husband and I are avid birdwatchers, so the fact that each yarn is named for a bird touches a soft place in my heart (Neesha Hudson’s adorable illustrations fuel that fire nicely).  I was also gifted a quince tree for Mother’s Day a few years ago — every time I look out my front window & see my beautiful tree, I think of my family… and Quince & Co. yarns. I think The Fates may be trying to tell me something here…

My own knitting destiny aside, if you haven’t picked up your copy of Knitbot Essentials yet, do so. Now. Whether you are interested in Fettig’s lovely sweaters or one of the quick accessories, I have no doubt that your first Knitbot project will not be your last. Buy the book — it’s an investment you won’t regret.

Casual Knit-A-Long. Want to join? @sinceresheep and I are both knitting Featherweight by @knitbot in the #customfit @makewearlove version. I’m using my coveted @knittedwit Autumn Rainbow that I haven’t stopped thinking about since I got it. We need a hashtag! #sheepchickskal ? or how about #sheepfeatherskal (get it? Feathers for featherweight and chickens?) 🐑❤️🐔😂