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Wind-Powered Knitting Machine Lets Nature Knit Scarves!

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On April 29, 2010 @ 2:08 pm In Eco Textiles,green gadgets,Renewable Energy,Wind Power | No Comments

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Perusing Designboom [2] this morning we saw this super rad wind-powered knitting machine by Merel Karhof [1]. We had to share this amazing device that beautifully knits tubes using only wind power [3]! The idea initially came to Karhof as she walked by cul de sacs and noticed a consistent breeze flowing outwards. She decided then that she would come up with way to harvest that free energy source and put it to good use. The result – the “Wind Knitting Factory [4]“.

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Showcased first at the Hotel RCA [5] exhibition, hosted by royal college of art [6] during Milan Design Week, the Wind Knitting Factory is a 1.2 meter diameter handmade wind mill attached to a loom mechanism. As the wind blows, it spins the loom and knits a scarf [1]tube!

Obviously the stronger the wind is blowing, the faster a scarf can be knit. Each scarf is 2 meters long and is labeled with the day it was made and how long it took to the wind to knit it. Totally powered by free renewable energy [7] without any human power, these amazing little scarves are perfect for wearing on a windy day too!

+ Merel Karhof [8]

Via Designboom [1]

Images courtesy of Designboom [1] and Merel Karhof [4]


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URLs in this post:

[1] Designboom: http://www.designboom.com/weblog/cat/8/view/10023/merel-karhof-wind-knitting-factory.html

[2] Designboom: http://www.designboom.com/

[3] wind power: http://inhabitat.com../energy/wind

[4] Wind Knitting Factory: http://www.merelkarhof.nl/merel_karhof_-_product_design/wind_knitting_factory.html

[5] Hotel RCA: http://hotelrca.com/

[6] royal college of art: http://www.rca.ac.uk/

[7] renewable energy: http://inhabitat.com../energy/

[8] + Merel Karhof: http://www.merelkarhof.nl/

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