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[Nettime-nl] * * Ellentriek #17: Hack your knitting machine with Knitic!
Wendy Van Wynsberghe on Wed, 1 May 2013 12:58:17 +0200 (CEST)

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[Nettime-nl] * * Ellentriek #17: Hack your knitting machine with Knitic! * *

* * Ellentriek goes textile: liberating knitting machines * *
* When: Saturday 18 May 2013, 10:00-18:00
* With: Knitic.com (Varvara Guljajeva & Mar Canet) & knitter Claire Williams
* Where: Pianofabriek Exhibition space, Rue du Fortstraat 35, 1060 Brussel,
* (very near the Brussels Midi/Zuid train station where the Eurostar &
Thalys arrive)
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In the eighties and nineties electronic knitting machines were readily
available. But it was never a simple task to knit an image, a drawing,
photograph, text you designed yourself with it. You could buy pre-made
images on floppies or punch cards. This is all about to change! With Knitic
you can connect your computer directly to the knitting machine.

Do you have a Brother KH930 or KH940? Do you finally want to do what you
want with it? Are you fascinated by open hardware/free software and are you
curious to experience this specific way of working and thinking? Or do you,
as a hardcore knitter want to see what’s possible when the technological
electronics part of the knitting machine has been changed? Or are you just
curious to come and test the old knitting machine with a new brain? Come to
our workshop of ’Ellentriek goes knitting’ on Saturday the 18th of May.

** 10-13h ** We will replace the proprietary brain of your machine. The old
one is not broken, it is just disconnected. Under professional guidance we
will assemble a few electronic components. The next step is hooking up your
computer to the machine and to show you how to work with Knitic (Knitic is
hard-and software which is easy to work with). This part of the workshop is
also for beginners and people who know nothing about electronics.

**14-18h ** Come and test the new old machines and knit a photograph, text,

** Please contact us on beforehand if you have a knitting machine to hack,
type Brother machine KH 930 & KH 940.
wendy attttt constantvzw.org, also about informal lodging and for other

The workshop attendance is free, if you want to hack your machine, you
purchase the required hardware at the wholesale price (--> we do not want
to make a profit) or you bring it yourself (a.o. Arduino Due).

Ellentriek is organized by De Pianofabriek kunstenwerkplaats & Constant
vzw. This workshop is part of the Ruelles project

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