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So now that it's been declared cool, what's still nerdy about knitting? Where do I begin? It's practically Renaissance Faire chain-mail without the jockish metalworking aspects. Check out some of the best resources for math and eco-nerd knitters, or try searching craftster.org or etsy.com for something nerdy (e.g. Lord of the Rings or Sailor Moon), and you'll see what I mean.
But what originally got me onto the subject was the seemingly random pairing of knitting with technological nerdery. We have knitters at Free Geek, but they also pop up at Vancouver Hack Space, and recently leading up to the Vancouver Mini-Maker Faire. It seemed like a totally left-field pairing and I didn't understand it.
It all started to make sense as soon as I spotted the abbreviations for a knitting "recipe" for the first time:
|(Cropped from http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/knit.html)|
But to draw the parallel one step closer, I got to wondering: what about computerized knitting machines? Surely there's a specialized programming language that you can use to tell one of these how to knit something. And there is, but sadly the manufacturers seem to be pretty tight-lipped about it.
At this point you're probably wondering: what the hell could this possibly be leading up to? Wait no longer! Behold, the nerdiest thing ever in the history of nerding. It's a triumph.