Dispatches From the World of E-Textiles and Education
Edited By Leah Buechley, Kylie Peppler, Michael Eisenberg and Yasmin Kafai
12 Mediated Craft: Digital Practices around Creative Handwork
“I don’t have knitting without the Internet. Like, I just can’t imagine doing it.”
— J., knitter, founder of an online fiber community
“The actual design was not on the Internet. The work that went into it wasn’t through the technology. […] Yes, you can go on and you can do math and you figure out how you’re knitting it. But the sitting down, the steeking [i.e., a knitting shortcut technique to knit sweaters and other garments without interruption for openings or sleeves until the end], and the interaction between two human beings. The fitting, the figuring out what was gonna work. The exchange of being personally together in the same room. You can’t get on the Internet. You can’t get through the technology.”
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