Friday, January 22, 2010

Social Knitworking: @Platea Tackles Crowdsourced Knitting in "PlateaKnit"

@Platea's sixth on-line performance project is scheduled to begin next week.  You can read about "PlateaKnit" here.  And if you check out the blog entry after that, you'll find some of my theorizing about knitworks and networks.

If knitting is not your thing, please know that you can still participate.  The basic idea is to create a knitting pattern by crowdsourcing it to Twitter.  And if you don't know a knitting pattern from Klingon poetry, have no fear.  The protocol for the performance encourages but does not require a knowledge of knitting to contribute to the instructions -- just describe what you would like to see in a row or two of a project.  Ingrid Murnane at @Platea has also provided a brief cheat sheet of possible knitting instructions to get you started.

Now, if Twitter is not your thing, let me extend an offer:  If you would rather make your suggested instructions for the project here in the comments section below, I will happily Tweet them myself and make sure they become part of the pattern.  And of course, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them here or at the @Platea site.

I'll be making something (probably a scarf) following the instructions, as will several other folks.  I'll post what I come up with here along with links to what others come up with.


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