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Emily knits soft, cozy depictions of realistic anatomical subjects. She says:

I really like taking objects or concepts that many people (including myself, sometimes) are squeamish about and recreating them out of materials that many of the same people think are cozy and inviting.

Shown uppermost is her Bisected Human Head. The brains were knit by hand and then sewn in place. Other parts are needle-felted. Fibers include silk, alpaca wool, merino wool, and tencel.

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Brains are Beautiful. Hand-knit Peruvian wool, felted wool roving, merino wool, kid mohair, frame.

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Knitting in Biology 101. Hand-knit silk/wool blend, needle-felted wool, dissection tray, pins.

Emily (aka Crafty Hedgehog) lives and works in Burlington, VT. She’s a college student, studying history, and works in art glass and print media as well as fiber. “I’m not an actual scientist,” she quips, “but I play one on the internet.”
Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.


    The brains (both of them) look like hyperbolic crochet. I wonder if that’s how they’re done. I didn’t think shapes like that could be done with knitting, but I just crochet so I’m hardly an expert. And I just made my first hyperbolic piece so that looks really familiar.

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    The brains are actually knitted I-cord — it’s a technique that allows knitters to knit a very small diameter tube or cord.


    I’ve never seen i-cord and have only tried to crochet some. Very cool. That’d be faster than crochet, but the crochet method bunches up on itself and doesn’t need much forming.
    I love learning what techniques can be used to achieve similar results.

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    This is so great. I found another knitted brain image. It uses a lot of different knitting methods. Check it out here:
    Icord is actually pretty easy to knit with a couple of dpns. you just knit three to five stitches, slide the stitches to the other end of the dpn, then knit them again, and so forth.