Geeky things to do with bits of string

I knit. Sometimes I crochet, and sometimes I sew, but mostly, lately, I knit. My Nanna taught me when I was a kid, and I’ve done it on and off ever since.

Sometimes people look at me funny for liking textile crafts, as if it were a strangely un-reconstructed 50s housewife sort of thing to be into. I disagree, but let’s save that for some other time.

Instead, have some geeky things made out of string:

Got any more to add to the list?

17 thoughts on “Geeky things to do with bits of string

    1. Skud Post author

      “And, of course, the uterus is not normally bubblegum pink.” Wait, it isn’t? *disappointed*

  1. rivenwanderer

    I crochet–geeky things I’ve made include a nautilus inspired by the nautie linked above, a Klein Bottle dice pouch, and a sunner (marine wildlife from the 1997 adventure game Riven).

    Fandom Knit is a cool LJ comm about the fannish side of geek knitting/crochet.

    I personally love the way crocheting engages the 3-dimensional visualization bits of my brain! It’s immensely satisfying to improvise patterns and see good approximations of the shapes I wanted emerge bit by bit. I’m really intrigued by crochet pattern generation and wish it was open source so I could see how it works!

  2. Mackenzie

    I’m a senior, working on a BS in Computer Science. Consequently, I keep being asked what I’m going to do after I finish my degree. Truthfully, I don’t know, but I’m toying with some ideas. One is a craft shop specializing in textiles. Mentioning this gets interesting reactions…especially the time I simplified it to “become a weaver…you know, making fabric?” My Operating Systems professor was very confused by the “craft shop for textiles, middle school math/computer teacher, or maybe computational linguistics*” response since none are tech (er, I think I’d disagree on that last one, but ok…). I told him tech is a hobby.

    * Mary keeps mentioning computational linguistics on here, and I’m a language geek aside from being a computer geek…so this may actually be a good fit.

  3. Dori

    Somewhat tangentially: does anyone here know of a good book or web site or video for someone to learn how to knit? I took classes once but got nowhere as I didn’t have anything to refer back to when I got home.

    Every time I see cool stuff like this, it makes me want to try again, but I have no idea where to start.

    1. Skud Post author is awesome and has many videos. That and a copy of Elizabeth Zimmerman’s “Knitting Without Tears” would be my recommendation, given that you already took a class (even if you don’t remember it so well).

      Btw, if you don’t have an account of Ravelry ( you should get one! The pattern search engine and the forums are both fantastic resources, especially if you’re learning.

    2. Bene

      I personally picked up a lot from Debbie Stoller’s book Stitch and Bitch, and Skud’s recs are good too.

  4. Layla

    lol, knitted brain!! :)

    My nana taught me how to knit too, eons ago..
    I recently knitted some dish cloths, but that was it.. (or pot holders, more likely – we’re afraid to wash dishes with them!)

    I’d like to improve my knitting though not sure if I have the patience for bigger things.. (I once started a pullover and got to only 1/5th or so..)

    /goes off to search for organic yarn in Europe.. :)/

  5. Kat

    I have never knitted; I do beads and wire. Have made something like the binary scarf, though — binary (two-color) seed-bead bracelets, with messages in them. (This line in the instructions jumps out at me: “You can choose the order of ones and zeroes any way you like; I find it’s easiest to do it randomly.” Sure, you *can*, but then it’s a little embarrassing when people ask you what your scarf says…)

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