Monday Inspiration: Althea Merback

bugknits.jpgThere's something fascinating about miniatures, especially those so authentically detailed that they fool the eye. What a delight to view the miniature knitting of Althea Merback, who makes tiny elaborately detailed cardigans, jackets, socks and mittens, and writes commercial patterns for these items at a scale of 1:12. Her site is called Bugknits, in reference to the "bug-knit" small scale of her knitted creations.

Merback describes herself as an extreme knitter, and is thrilled by the challenges of making such tiny items. She incorporates traditional techniques and motifs into her work, revising and adapting them to make original pieces. At the extreme end of the scale, which she calls "nano-knitting," she has knitted some minuscule (1:144 scale) cardigans using .009" wire to create items with about 80 stitches per inch! Her recent work is included in the Radical Lace and Subversive Knitting exhibit at the Museum of Arts & Design museum in New York.

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