Wednesday, 17 July 2013
A Clockwork Knit
Today's post was going to be about knitted lampshades. I found loads of gorgeous ones and was confident that the topic was going to work into a great post... until I started researching the safety aspects. And I ended up concluding I don't want to be responsible for any of my readers winding up homeless or getting burnt to a crisp. I then sighed, deleted the draft post and moved on to write this post about knitted clocks. I'm not going to be making a knitted clock myself because it'll get dusty and be difficult to clean, but at least I can be pretty sure that promoting the idea isn't going to get anyone roasted alive.
The Clock Tam above was designed by Kerin Dimeler-Laurence and Nina Isaacson and is available as a $9.99 download. It would also make a snazzy hat.
I absolutely love the Gomitolo Knit Clock, which is made by the Italian company Diamantini & Domeniconi, but alas, the pattern doesn't seem to be available online and at any rate this clock is 3 feet in diameter. I've included it in this post for inspiration, though, because surely a good knitter could design something similar on a smaller scale.
Knitted clocks seem to be an unexplored area of knitting design, because I could only find two that I really liked. I do rather like this crocheted rainbow clock, from Babukatorium. Visually dividing the clock's face into twelve sections would do away with the need for numbers. As I've always found when buying watches, I don't need the numbers, but I do need the hours marked in some way. A former co-worker of mine once told me she inadvertently left work an hour early one day because the stylish new watch she'd gotten from her boyfriend on her birthday only had a blank face and hands. Oops.
If the idea of making a knitted clock intimidates you, don't let it. You'll be buying the clock mechanism and assembly is easy. The video above by Kyoko Nakayoshi explains how it's done. It's not like you're building a clock that will do your knitting for you, is it?
If you'd rather just spruce up an existing clock than make one, you can make a clock cozy like the one above in any colours or patterns you like. The pattern is by Inger Lise and is available for free on Ravelry.