Meet the Maker: Marvellous Mechanical Yarn

As part of our “Meet the Makers” interview series, we asked our Makers to tell us a little about themselves. Today, meet Sally from Marvellous Mechanical Yarn!

Marvellous Mechanical Yarn1) Who are you and where do you come from?

I am Sally Kentfield, a software tester who lives near Bordon, Hampshire.

2) What do you do?

Software tester by day. Hand knitter/machine knitter/crochet/sewing/embroidery by night.

3) Do you have a website?

4) What will you have on your stall?

The big noisy thing on the stand is a knitting machine hooked up to a laptop, that is in turn attached to a scanner. I get people to draw pictures that I scan in, and then knit their picture in front of their eyes. The software is open source. It has been of interest to several hackspaces (that have been donated old knitting machines) who made contact at the last Brighton Mini Maker Faire in 2013. Two hackspaces now have the software up and running, and have fixed more bugs, and helped move the software forward. Good result 🙂

We will be providing quick knitting lessons to anyone that wants them (I am trying to get together enough donations from various sources to be able to give away ‘learn to knit’ kits).

On display will be various things I have made, including a crocheted glowing hat made from EL wire and old network cable, a huge machine knitted periodic table blanket approx 6ftx11ft, a bag and a coat made from an old parachute, hyperbolic crochet, knitted pictures, tiny Victorian baby bootees knitted on 1mm needles, and starched knitted baskets. The term ‘eclectic’ definitely applies.

5) Are you running any workshops?

No, but anyone can drop by our stand for a quick knitting lesson.

6) Have you been to a Maker Faire before?

I helped on the Superpants stand at Brighton Mini Maker Faire 2012.

I had my own stand at Maker Faire UK 2013 and Brighton Mini Maker Faire 2013.

7) Anything else you want to share?

For any yarn crafters, I am ‘kentfield’ on Ravelry.

I’m also a member of the Guild of Machine Knitters, the Knitting History Forum, and the Knitting and Crochet Guild.

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