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Miss_westenra
« on: December 07, 2006 10:32:38 PM »

I normally knit by hand, but my grandma gave me her knitting machine and I had to use it. I was given the option of doing an art project for one of my classes (Transgender Personalities and Histories, in a very hippie, open-minded school) on What does Gender mean to you? So I did this...





This was the most frustrating project I have ever done. So many things went wrong. Oh so many. I'm never doing this again. I wanted to shoot myself by the end of it. I love how it turned out, though.

If anyone wants any further explanation of the project, I'm happy to oblige. Later. My brain is fried right now.
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suganspyyce
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2006 10:35:35 PM »

Nice Job!!  What machine do you use?  I have yet to do intarsia on my USM.
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Miss_westenra
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2006 10:49:07 PM »

it's a Brother Home Knitter KX-350. Straight out of the 80's. I had to make up my technique for doing intarsia, which was basically knitting a row in one color on only the stitches that get that color, bringing the  "dolly" or whatever you wanna call it, the thing that carries the yarn over the hooks, back to the other side, putting in a different color of yarn, and knitting the rest of the stitches. I have a feeling my machine works differently than the new ones, though, so I hope that makes sense.
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« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2006 02:24:43 AM »

at the risk of sounding condesending, I think it's really rather clever, good job.
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« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2006 04:49:38 AM »

Ha!! I love it hitting this rocks
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« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2006 05:26:24 AM »

I love it! It's so clever that you used a historically masculine item (the power drill) and placed it on the most feminine background imaginable (baby girl pink!).

I'm sorry that it was such a frustrating knit for you though- do you think that the ends justify the means? I think so!
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« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2006 06:24:54 AM »

that is so awesome!
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Miss_westenra
« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2006 08:57:39 AM »

Thanks you guys! fragolina_piccolina, I do think the ends justify the means. Seeing as I'm getting such a nice response to it!

Oh, just some extra information, it's going to be displayed in a gallery on campus, and I think for the display I'm going to get a big sheet of plywood and screw it on. Using the drill I depicted in the knitting to do it  Smiley. Sometimes I am too clever......
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nightmarenoise
« Reply #8 on: December 08, 2006 09:27:48 AM »

That is definitely cool. I love it.
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annacharlotte
« Reply #9 on: December 09, 2006 12:52:29 PM »

I graduated in "Women's and Gender Studies," so I'm definitely feeling your hippy school vibe.   Wink  Let's hear the theory!  (I've been out of school for five years...sometimes I miss this stuff!)

And the piece looks fantastic.  Don't give up the possibility of doing another!  I feel like sometimes the first time you do some crafty thing it's so awful and impossible you never want to do it again...but then the next time it might be easy!  Because you worked the kinks out...  gender/sex pun intended.
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