Janelle Shane+ Your Authors @JanelleCShane Research Scientist in optics. Plays with neural networks. Avid reader, writer, and player of Irish flute. she/her. wandering.shop/@janellecshane Apr. 19, 2018 1 min read + Your Authors

SkyKnit: when knitters teamed up with a neural network

The SkyKnit patterns are WEIRD. The phrase "mind-melting" came up a lot.
Loved this:

One weird thing about SkyKnit's patterns: they don't take human comfort into account. They lack rhythm and can sometimes be physically uncomfortable to knit.

Eventually, the knitters adapted to the weirdness and some even learned to like it.

I like that in this project, the tables are turned, and SkyKnit is generating code for humans to execute.

LOTS more SkyKnit examples in this thread

And this is a great article by @alexismadrigal on the project.  https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/03/the-making-of-skyknit-an-ai-yarn/554894/ 

A few functional items have resulted! Here "circles band," a single line of instructions, unexpectedly resulted in a cool twisty necklace.
Knitting and modeling by @NoshoesJane

By *very* popular demand, now introducing: HAT3000
The crochet version of SkyKnit that just wants to make hats.
Forum:  https://www.ravelry.com/discuss/lazy-stupid-and-godless/topics/3775834 
Train our future yarn-wielding overlord:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfHB53JklWo_tDJEV9rdQAFcOx9kdPUkbVm6s9_dJ5hkSlhBA/viewform?usp=sf_link 

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