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Join fellow crafters at the Touchstones Art Gallery in Rochdale, UK, for microbe knitting! This event is part of the Manchester Science Festival.

Join us for a day of creativity as we ‘knit’ micro-organisms such as Swine Flu, Salmonella and the common cold! Find out more about the microbes we encounter in our everyday lives and some of the more uncommon ones. Learn how to knit and add to our growing colonies! This is a drop-in event for all abilities – bring your own knitting kit, but some supplies will be available on the day.

If you can’t make it out to the event, you can download free patterns for knitting models of Tuberculosis, Cholera, Salmonella, Common Cold, Swine Flu, and Penicillium. [via Art Yarn]

Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern ( is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).