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How do creativity, math, and knitting go together? And why should you care, if you don’t knit?

When I was a little girl, I read a children’s book (title long since forgotten) in which a little girl decided she wanted to be an inventor. After trying in vain to think of something to make (bless her heart) she concluded that all the good stuff had already been invented. This story has always reminded me of how difficult it is for us to think outside the box, to see the possibility for doing new things, or for doing old things in new ways. I stumbled across an article today that got me really excited about efforts to do just that. How can you not love someone who says that she was able to think outside the realm of known knitting techniques by asking herself the question, “What is the stupidest place to start a sock?”

Do you think we’ve taken knitting technique as far as it can go? How can knitting, a process that has been around for centuries, be improved? Read this interview with Cat Bordhi, knitter extrordinaire, for a fascinating peek into the mind of a highly creative person who uses curiosity, ingenuity, math, and thought experiments to actually invent new ways to knit.

From seamless projects, to inventing new ways to cast on; from new ways to knit socks to projects based on moebius bands, the entire article reflects an appreciation for innovation that goes far beyond the world of knitting. In fact, Cat mentions several non-knitting resources that helped her develop her innovative techniques. I’ll definitely be looking into these books, and, because I am a knitter, I’ll be looking for the recommended knitting related resources as well.

Here’s a homeschooling/education bonus: Cat Bordhi’s personal website has free knitting patterns, and, more importantly, a free 13 page guide to integrating knitting into elementary through high school level education.

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