Tuesday, 6 December 2011
While Knit a Neuron is ending, other woolly science projects abound. From Stitch London's fantastic weekend at the Science Museum, the British Society of Immunology project The Big Knit: Multiple Sclerosis and just today I've heard from someone wanting to set up a craft science charity. There are others - too many to mention!
We'd like to take this chance to thank everyone who's been involved with Knit a Neuron. It's a project that could only happen with the support, energy and enthusiasm of people all over the world. It's been a great honour to be part of such a great project - we hope you feel the same way too.
We won't continue to update this blog, however we hope that it can remain here for a while to serve as record of a unique woolly science project.
Now then, where did put that chemistry crochet...
I'm sure that all KAN Fans will be please to hear that the artwork created out of our wonderful selection of donated, knitted neurons has now been presented to the ‘Headway’ centre in Henley-on-Thames, which will be its final home. Headway is a national charity that, “works to improve life after brain injury”. The Henley centre runs a day care program of physical and cognitive therapy and provides vital support to sufferers and carers affected by head injury.
Anne visited Headway on 21 November to present the artwork. She also spoke about the project, brain injury research going on in Bristol, and answered lots of questions on neuroscience (and other things besides!). Anne had a great day, enjoying the opportunity to meet and chat with all the clients in that day. Some had knitted their own neurons, and all of them were very interested in seeing the artwork depicting brain injury. One lady, Jane, was particularly thrilled with it as a brain haemorrhage had damaged her sight, but she could feel all the neurons and make out the colours.
The KAN neurons are now installed as a wall hanging in one of the rooms at Headway that is used for therapy or as a quiet space by clients.
Big thanks to everyone at Headway for welcoming KAN and giving it a new home!
Sunday, 17 July 2011
...from Green Man (OK, so it's 11 months on, but it's close enough for me!) where we met Elaine from the Encephalitis Society. We've just heard that Elaine and the knitters at the Encephalitis Society have finished their neural display. Doesn't it look great? Taking pride of place in the office. We're delighted that she's taken the KAN concept and reworked it for the Encephalitis Society.
It doesn't seem so long ago that we were packing our needles and yarn to wend our way to the great temple of science that is the Science Museum for their Stitched Science weekend. What a great weekend it was! So many knitting, creative, sciencey folk with amazing creations. See flickr for stacks of photos.
Here are some of our favourite pictures from Knit a Neuron corner. It was lovely meeting so many people who wanted to knit and natter about neuroscience.
Thursday, 23 June 2011
If you missed out on knitting a neuron, or want to make one for yourself - come along this weekend. It's free and we'd love to see you there!
Tuesday, 14 June 2011
We popped along over the weekend to join in the fun. It was really exciting to see so many knitters coming along to talk with Sandra, Nicola and David. Knitters talked about the latest research looking into stressed oligodendrocites, population dynamics, genetic links and living with MS. The finished tableaux look stunning and brightened up the stage on a rainy windy Sunday.
Thursday, 26 May 2011
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Friday, 20 May 2011
Here's the display part-way through packing. Safe travels woolly neurons!
Tuesday, 10 May 2011
Monday, 18 April 2011
Anne's at the British Neuroscience Association's biennial conference where she's got a fabulous display all about Knit a Neuron.
We've had so many comments from people here on the blog, from knitters around the world and at events that we've decided to share them with BNA-ers. You can see the tags attached to some of the neurons - that's where your comments reside. Being read by the best neuroscientists in the world!
Saturday, 2 April 2011
Tuesday, 22 March 2011
Friday, 11 March 2011
We've arrived in Newcastle and have set up our knitting wares in the fabulous Centre for Life. We're taking part in the crazy world that is Maker Faire UK. Come along, sit with us and knit a neuron. You can even take these ones home with you! Pictures to follow...
if you tweet about us over the weekend use the #KANMF.
Saturday, 19 February 2011
Monday, 31 January 2011
We'll be unveiling the piece as part of the University of Bristol's Changing Perspectives event at the Grant Bradley Gallery. After a month in Bristol, the piece will head up to Glasgow for the month of June and a tour round a few venues as part of Glasgow Science Festival. Staying in Scotland, Stirling Youth Services are hosting for July and August and using the artwork as a springboard for a series of activities for young people in the area.
And finally, Headway are keen to host the installation on a permanent basis once it returns from Scotland.
We couldn't be more delighted with how things have turned out, and how much support there is for the project and the artwork. Thanks everyone!
[I'll update this post with weblinks when things go live.]
Friday, 21 January 2011
Saturday, 15 January 2011
Ah, we love an alliteration here at KAN Towers. Why Newcastle we hear you ask? We've been invited to have a stand at the fabulous Maker Faire. We like Maker Faire very much - not only is it hosted by our friends at the Life Science Centre, it's full of creative inventors with amazing contraptions.
Come along to our stand where you can knit a neuron and have a natter about neuroscience. We should have a fabulous display of neurons by the end of the weekend.
If you can't wait for March, then head over to Tyneside Cinema next Tuesday. You'll meet fellow knitters and Jennifer Read will be there with all her brain expertise. Bring your neurons to the Maker Faire and add them to the display. Go on, you know you want to!
STOP PRESS! If you're a knitter (or crocheter) from Newcastle then why not join the Yarnbombing activities? Check out the “maker faire guerrilla knitting" group on Ravelry for more information. Neuronal network across Newcastle anyone?
Wednesday, 12 January 2011
We're sure you'll be pleased to hear that we've several offers of support for hosting the final piece. We're just going to take a look at it all and see what we can do.
We're delighted with the level of support for the piece - thanks to everyone who's offered thoughts, recommendations and physical space. Watch this space for more information.
We know the nights are getting shorter, but summer still seems a long way off. So here's a picture of some of our Green Man knitters enjoying the Welsh sunshine!