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Infographic of the Day: Clock Knits Time Into a Scarf

One Berlin-based designer dreams up a poetic (and crafty) way to tell time.

Infographic of the Day: Clock Knits Time Into a Scarf

This here’s a clock that knits time in 3-D.

We know, we know. It sounds like the stuff of some high-school kid’s nonsense poetry. But 365, as it’s called, is a real, live clock by Norwegian-born, Berlin-based designer Siren Elise Wilhelmsen, and it’s actually pretty cool. For every day that passes, the clock knits a row; after a year, it whips up an entire 6.5-foot scarf. Think of it as if your granny hijacked the cuckoo clock with her knitting needles.

How it works: The machine’s face has a spool of yarn hooked up to a pair of needles that Wilhelmsen programmed using an Arduino board to knit a single mesh on the half hour. When the scarf reaches its full length, you just pop in a new spool.

So, no, it probably won’t help you keep appointments. But you’ll get a freakishly long scarf out of it. And ostensibly, you could program the thing to make all sorts of knitwear — a complete winter accessories collection, say, or entire ensembles for characters in Wes Anderson movies. It’ll only take five years to get there.

[Images by Miriam Lehnart courtesy of Siren Elise Wilhelmsen]

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Suzanne LaBarre is the editor of Co.Design. Previously, she was the online content director of Popular Science and has written for the New York Times, the New York Observer, Newsday, I.D.

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