The Copyright FAQ for Knitters

The Copyright FAQ for KnittersI've been trying to work up a human-readable description of copyright and patent law, as it applies to Instructables. In my research, I found this really interesting resource for those looking to better understand copyright law, and to see how it differs when applied to various crafts. Some highlights:A knitting pattern is by default copyrighted, but utilitarian items (clothing, for example) are not copyrightable. You can make and give away items made from a copyrighted pattern. You may not make and sell items made from a copyrighted pattern. A recipe is a process and cannot be copyrighted; only the expression of the recipe can be copyrighted. A patent is required to protect a process.

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Fastest Knitter to Defend Title

A neat read for those knitters out there!Courtesy of the BBCHazel Tindall, from Shetland, is representing the UK at the international contest in Minneapolis.She was 52 when she was crowned the world's fastest knitter with 255 stitches in three minutes in 2004.The top knitters from across Europe and America will be taking part in the competition.'Good technique'Mrs Tindall said she was brought up in a family where her grandmother was always knitting.She told BBC Scotland: "I managed 255 in three minutes when I became the world's fastest knitter in 2004 and this is the first time I have been invited back to defend the title."I think you need to have good technique and move your hands as little as possible."Everyone has their own way of doing it. I have been knitting for more than half a century." http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/north_east/7238737.stm

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Fan knitter stomped on by BBC

A Doctor Who fan, known as Mazzmatazz, has been legally stomped on by the BBC for creating her own patterns for the Adipose and Ood creatures.She never charged for the pattern, nor did she pretend it was official, but somebody sold a completed version on ebay, so the Beeb went OTT on her.According to TechnoLlama their action has no genuine basis in law, but she caved in out of fear of corporate lawyers.The BBC's action is a real shame, because it could signal problems for the thousands of fan artists (writers, musicians, artists) around the world who express themselves (for free) through the shared ground of Doctor Who (or any other BBC drama).The knitter's websiteTechnoLlama blog postBBC slant

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Knitting Pattern for a chill pill

I'd love to find a knitting pattern for a chill pill, similar to this one by artist Ben Cuevas - any clever knitters out there who can design one?? http://thelittleknittery.bigcartel.com/product/artist-ben-cuevas-knitted-chill-pill-workshop-sun-dec-5th-2-5-p-m

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Yarn work Question

Hello! I'm Jordan the Knitter and I'm new to instructables. This website is amazing! I thought it would be fun to start out with a question. Is there anything you would like to learn in the realm of yarn work? I've been working yarn for about eight years. I spend a good bit of time avoiding homework by instructing others and making my own designs. 

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Instructables is going to be at the UK Makers Faire!

Instructables will be showcasing at this years upcoming Makers Faire UK in Newcastle! We have lots of goodies to hand out, and will have some projects on show for people to enjoy. I will be joined by, SteveAstroUK LizzyAstro Jayefuu PKM Kiteman Kitewife Rainbow_Han Last years Makers Faire was a lot of fun, I very much recommend it. I am delighted that we will have our own instructables stall this year. We very much look forward to seeing you at the faire, and be sure to let us know if you are a fellow instructablian.  Jake - gmjhowe - Maker Faire UK 12-13 March 2011 The world-famous Maker Faire returns to the UK to headline Newcastle ScienceFest. Expect a weekend of cool robots, garden-shed inventions, knitted wonders, the occasional fireball and oodles of opportunities to make your own creations. Perfect for creative people of all ages! At Maker Faire, come and play with classic synthesizers, see live 3D printing, learn to solder, play musical Tesla coils, become a Guerrilla knitter, turn a beer can into a pinhole camera, use a Wii balance board to control a robot, make your own stop-motion movie and much more… This special event takes place simultaneously at Centre for Life and Discovery Museum with one Access-All-Areas ticket available. This ticket enables you to see all of Maker Faire plus Life’s planetarium, motion simulator ride and brand-new under 7’s gallery. Tickets are available on the day or in advance. Opening hours: Saturday: 10.00 to 17.00 Sunday: 11.00 to 17.00 Head over to the Maker Faire UK website for more information.

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Leah Buechley and Instructables Written Up by Forbes: "A Blinking Fashion Statement"

Instructables members Leah Buechley, Plusea, and enlighted got a nice mentions by Forbes in A Blinking Fashion Statement.For all their talk of breaking glass ceilings, Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton have nothing on Leah Buechley.In the several years since she first sewed a circuit board to a T-shirt, the 31-year-old University of Colorado computer-science researcher has done a lot to bring gender equality to the world of do-it-yourself, perhaps shattering a certain silicone-based ceiling once and for all."The tinkering group has always been a boys' club," says Buechley, referring to the DIY movement's loosely formed faction of tech geeks, gear heads and circuit wizards who tinker with electronic gadgets in basements and garages across America. At the same time, she says, the arts-and-crafts contingent (think knitters, sewers and silkscreeners) has traditionally been a more feminine domain. ...True to their fashion roots, DIY wearables are not always practical. A recent tutorial on Instructables.com gives readers a step-by-step for making what the author calls a "wearable waste of energy": a sweatshirt affixed with a glowing light-emitting diode (LED)."It's not purely functional," says Syuzi Pakhchyan, author of the new book Fashioning Technology. "It's functional and aesthetic."..."Turn your favorite clothing item into a wearable waste of energy!" writes Hannah Perner-Wilson in her tutorial on Instructables.com. The project is as much a teaching tool as it is a fashion statement. Perner-Wilson takes readers step-by-step through how to use conductive fabric, pressure sensors and a vibration motor to make a final product. She also encourages fellow tech-crafters to think about making the shirt less wasteful: "Solar cells are an option," she writes.More news and press about Instructables here.

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Scarf of Hope to remember Peru's missing

This story is lifted wholesale from the BBC. There is something warmly familiar and comforting about the quiet chatter of women and the clickety-clack of knitting needles. Standing or sitting huddled together in small groups, the knitters dressed in traditional Andean hats, big "pollera" skirts and draped with a "manta" or shawl, form a multi-coloured feast for the eyes. But they have more in common than crochet. These women are some of thousands in Peru who lost husbands, brothers and sons in the country's bitter internal conflict between the Mao-inspired rebels of the Shining Path rebels and state forces in the 1980s and 90s. Each one is knitting a message or epitaph to their loved one the size of an A4 sheet of page which will form part of an enormous scarf which, it is hoped, will reach a kilometre in length. It is being called the Scarf of Hope and it aims to be more than just a symbol of Peru's estimated 15,000 "disappeared" but a physical reminder that in the majority of cases their relatives live on without ever knowing how they died nor where to find their remains. "It's like a piece of memory," says Marina Garcia Burgos, a Lima-based photographer who was inspired to initiate the project with two colleagues while working in Ayacucho. "Each woman chooses the colour and the knit of her panel. As well as embroidering the loved one's name, some also sew on a piece of their clothing or a photograph." But its significance goes beyond that. In the remoter corners of the Andes, textiles have been the clues used to identify exhumed human remains where ID documents are a rarity. For the women fortunate enough to have positively identified and laid to rest the body of an exhumed loved one, in so many cases it was by recognising the colour and feeling the knit or weave of the fabric wrapped around the remains. More often than not - as was the case in Peru's biggest mass grave exhumation and human remains restitution in Putis, Ayacucho - they themselves remember knitting the jumper or turning up the trousers worn by the victim. Read more on the BBC site.

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WANTED-Pattern Testers for Thesis Project: Knit Lamp Post

Hi everyone, My name is Kim and I’m a senior at MIT.  This semester, I will be working toward completing my thesis project, and I could really use some help to do so.  I’m an avid knitter who has spent the last four years studying architecture, and I plan to bring my two passions together in the thesis which I am preparing.  In a nutshell, I will be designing lamp posts which will be completely self-sufficient.  They can exist off of the electrical grid of a city or town and will be constructed from knit fabric.  Thus, they can be constructed by a few members of a community, allowing them to take action to solve problems in their own neighborhoods rather than waiting for the government fix them.   My project is about community empowerment and giving the power of construction and repair to those who need it most.  If you’re at all interested in learning more about my project, you can message me or read more of my thesis proposal at the link at the end of this post (I promise, it makes more sense than what I just typed out here).  I could really use some help in completing this project, though.  I need to find a few willing people or groups of people who would like to knit a lamp post for themselves or their communities.  I need people to test my pattern to see if it actually works.  If you’re interested, please e-mail me at kimennel [at] gmail [dot] com, or message me here.  If you want to help, I’ll be sending out a package to you with materials, knitting needles, and instructions in a couple of months.  It’ll be free of charge for you, and all I ask in return is a bit of feedback about the pattern and some photos of the construction process and final product.  So, if you want a free lamp post, please please please, let me know.  Thanks guys :) Here's the link: http://www.mennels.com/kimennel/Thesis%20Proposal.pdf

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WANTED-Pattern Testers for Thesis Project: Knit Lamp Post

Hi everyone, My name is Kim and I’m a senior at MIT.  This semester, I will be working toward completing my thesis project, and I could really use some help to do so.  I’m an avid knitter who has spent the last four years studying architecture, and I plan to bring my two passions together in the thesis which I am preparing.  In a nutshell, I will be designing lamp posts which will be completely self-sufficient.  They can exist off of the electrical grid of a city or town and will be constructed from knit fabric.  Thus, they can be constructed by a few members of a community, allowing them to take action to solve problems in their own neighborhoods rather than waiting for the government fix them.   My project is about community empowerment and giving the power of construction and repair to those who need it most.  If you’re at all interested in learning more about my project, you can message me or read more of my thesis proposal at the link which follows this post (I promise, it makes more sense than what I just typed out here).  I could really use some help in completing this project, though.  I need to find a few willing people or groups of people who would like to knit a lamp post for themselves or their communities.  I need people to test my pattern to see if it actually works.  If you’re interested, please e-mail me at kimennel [at] gmail [dot] com, or message me here.  If you want to help, I’ll be sending out a package to you with materials, knitting needles, and instructions in a couple of months.  It’ll be free of charge for you, and all I ask in return is a bit of feedback about the pattern and some photos of the construction process and final product.  So, if you want a free lamp post, please please please, let me know.  Thanks guys :) The link to my proposal is here: http://www.mennels.com/kimennel/Thesis%20Proposal.pdf

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