Knitting it all together

Who knew we could do quite so many things with wool!

While having my nails done the other day (I have terrible weak, tatty nails) I got chatting with the manicurist, as one does, and found we had a similar interest in Pinterest  and that she had just found a fascinating board all about “arm knitting”.

Well I had to look that up – totally fascinating!! Then I had to tell the world! – as I tend to always do if I think I’ve stumbled onto something good 

On a subsequent visit I asked how the arm knitting was going – it seems that in just half an hour Kerry had managed to make a whole scarf, and was now making loads more for all the cracker fillings this year! – I was thinking –What great idea for the grandchildren to do in the holidays, I think I could use this idea!

A naughty side thought – They can’t get into much mischief with their arms all tied up in wool now can they? Ha! ha!

So what else can we do with wool and grandchildren that is a bit unusual?

fun things for kids

Plenty I’m sure but one idea that caught my imagination was on the website laughingkidslearn.com a simple but fun bit of chopping up wool and throwing it at a sticky sheet. Reminiscent of fuzzy felt days, and great fun. Even after finishing, you can redo it differently!

Then finally I found something a bit more bizarre

How about Neuro Knitting?

Hook up the head to some fancy equipment and voila! You can use your brain waves to create a design pattern for a scarf

To create these one-of-a-kind scarf designs, artists Varvara Guljajeva, Mar Canet and Sebastian Mealla created a program called Neuro Knitting. With the use of Neuro Knitting and an EEG headset, they were able to take a person’s brainwave and turn it into knitting patterns. Each stitch pattern is the physical representation of a person’s brainwave while listening to classical music.

It would’ve been interesting to see what type of scarf designs the machine produces if the wearers of the headset are listening to rock or pop.
So when you dash off to the shops to get ready for the grandchildren activities pick your colours carefully as some studies have found that colour can affect mood and we want happy scarf wearers this season!
To help you choose a colours for your wool it can be useful to know that:

  • people who are cold prefer warm colours like red and yellow while
  • people who are hot prefer cool colours like blue and green,
  • the colour red was perceived as strong and active.
  • Blue is the top choice for 35% of Americans, followed by green (16%), purple (10%) and red (9%)

Happy knitting till the next time
www.flipping2retirement.net

 

Sources:
http://laughingkidslearn.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/
• Project web: knitic.com/neuro/

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