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Gifted Needlework (was Knitting and Crocheting)

Why is it that knitting or crocheting or cross-stitch... is often a pastime of gifted children and adults? 

Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti by Mandy Moore and Leanne Prain Recommended (or from Amazon)
The definitive guidebook to covert textile street art. On city street corners, around telephone posts, through barbed wire fences, and over abandoned cars, a quiet revolution is brewing. “Knit graffiti” is an international guerrilla movement that started underground and is now embraced by crochet and knitting artists of all ages, nationalities, and genders. Practitioners create stunning works of art out of yarn, then “donate” them to public spaces as part of a covert plan for world yarn domination...
 
For example, Yarnbombing in Bellingham: Knitted R2D2
 
Brainy Maniac hat
Top off the mad scientist look with this creepy crochet cerebrum! (pattern preview only, requires back-issue purchase)
 
Can Learning to Knit Help Learning to Code? by Holly Korbey, in Mind/Shift
When electrical engineering professor Dr. Karen Shoop of Queen Mary University in London took her first knitting workshop, she noticed immediately that knitting is very similar to writing computer code. “I noticed that knitting instructions are largely binary (like computers) – in other words, knit or purl,” she said. “More interesting were the knitting instructions, which read just like regular expressions [of code], used for string matching and manipulation when coding.” Shoop also recognizes that the earliest stages of computing were inspired by handwork...
 
Crocheting the Hyperbolic Plane
No pattern, but an interview with David Henderson and Daina Taimina...
 
Crocheting the Lorenz Manifold by Hinke M Osinga and Bernd Krauskopf
The Lorenz attractor is the best known image of a chaotic or strange attractor. We are concerned here with its close cousin, the two-dimensional stable manifold of the origin of the Lorenz system, which we call the Lorenz manifold for short. This surface organizes the dynamics in the three-dimensional phase space of the Lorenz system... Read about it in Mathematicians crochet chaos  (requires Adobe Reader)
 
Dr. Montville's Double Helix Seaman Scarf
This scarf pattern was commissioned by Dr. Thomas Montville, a professor at Rutgers University (and also the photo model). Dr. Montville kindly agreed to serve on my doctoral thesis committee in return...
 
The Dr. Who Scarf seasons 12, 15, 16, and 18 patterns
One hobby has taken Palmer Station by storm this year: knitting. In the last few months, almost half of the station residents have learned how to knit. The knitters have used lots of ingenuity in designing styles and patterns...
 
Hat Math by Susan in POP Goes Antarctica
One hobby has taken Palmer Station by storm this year: knitting. In the last few months, almost half of the station residents have learned how to knit. The knitters have used lots of ingenuity in designing styles and patterns...
 
Knit, purl, medulla oblongata
The warp and weft of weaving yarn into brains...
 
Knit a Working Circuit Board by jseay
How to knit circuitry, using a simple LED circuit as an example...
 
Making Mathematics with Needlework: Ten Papers and Ten Projects edited by Sarah-marie Belcastro and Carolyn Yackel
Investigate the interplay between mathematics and needlework, with stories of what happens when mathematicians turn to their hobbies but still continue to think about mathematics.  Great math, carefully explained, with simple knitting projects.  Read KFinn's review for Hoagies' Page on Amazon...
 
Makurokurosuke Soot by Moon's Creations
The fun characters from My Neighbor Totoro, and Spirited Away, in crochet...
 
Möbius Scarf (also available in a crochet pattern)
A never-ending scarf...
 
The Museum of Scientifically Accurate Fabric Brain Art
World's largest collection of anatomically correct fabric brain art. Inspired by research from neuroscience, dissection and neuroeconomics, our current exhibition features a rug based on fMRI imaging, a knitted brain from dissection, and three quilts with functional images from PET...
 
Quidditch Scarf by the girl from auntie
The mathematical derivation for the scarf pattern to emulate characters in a a certain popular children's book, or it's corresponding movies...
 
Professor Lets Her Fingers Do the Talking by Michelle York, The New York Times (requires free membership)
Some people looking at the crocheted objects on Daina Taimina's kitchen table would see funky modern art. Others would see advanced geometry.  The curvy creations, made of yarn, are actually both...
 
Ravelry
Ravelry is a place for knitters, crocheters, designers, spinners, and dyers to keep track of their yarn, tools, and pattern information, and look to others for ideas and inspiration. The content here is all user- driven; we as a community make the site what it is...
 
Real Men Knit by Dawn Goldsmith
The knitted six-inch, perfect square boasted a delightful geometric pattern beginning with a knitted center diamond...  "You made this?" I asked. "What did you use for yarn? For needles? Where did you get the pattern?"  He shrugged, more interested in finding a snack than discussing the potholder. "I found a cone of string at work, and that's what I used for yarn."
 
sarah-marie's mathematical knitting pages
A never-ending scarf...
 
A scarf to aid your search for terrestrial intelligence (SETI)
The Arecibo Message, one of the most famous messages transmitted as part of SETI...
 
String and Air
Knitting is a medium that provides endless depths for exploration and discovery.  The dimensions are fiber, structure, texture, and color.  The results are as varied as imagination...
 
Wooly Thoughts
We are designers of mathematical knitwear. Or perhaps we are mathematical designers of knitwear. Whatever you want to call us, many of our designs are simple geometric shapes combined to make elaborate patterns.  We are mathematicians at heart and so most of what we do has a mathematical basis. This may not always be obvious and it doesn't explain the cartoons and word-play which often creep in...
 
The Yarn Harlot
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee goes on (and on) about knitting...
 

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