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Some say time is money; some say time is an illusion, but for Siren Elise Wilhelmsen, time is knitted wear. The Berlin-based designer's Knitting Clock "365" translates the passage of time into a three-dimensional knitted form. It knits every day of the year: one day makes one knitted line, one year makes a two meter-long scarf.
"After one year the yarn has to be replaced with a new one and a new year can be knitted," says Wilhelmsen. The "365" has 48 needles placed within the round knitting machine at the centre of the clock; it is also equipped with a thread spool, a thread holder and a roll of yarn.
The Wind Knitting Factory is the brainchild of Merel Karhof, created in part for her Masters program at the Royal College of Arts in London. It is mechanical wind-knitting machine driven by a windmill with a 1.2 meter-long diameter. Naturally, the wind determines the rate at which the knitwear is produced; high wind speed equals fast knitting, low wind speed equals slow knitting. Karhof has launched the Wind Knitting Shop to showcase and sell the knitted scarves, which will each have tags outlining the time it took to complete them as well as the day they were made.
When there is light, Sleeping Beauty shall knit. In this case, Sleeping Beauty is not a Disney character, but rather a lamp that knits its own lampshade when it is switched on. Not unlike living organisms, Nadine Sterk's remarkable design grows when it is provided with energy by turning on the light, albeit at a slow rate of three rotations per hour.