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Mendel's peas

A knitted version of Mendel's peas. Note the winding tail at the end, symbolising how long it took before anyone applied his work.


This is just a snippet in the knitted history of genetics some of my students for a project where we challenge them to make something (anything) which reflects on some of the theoretical content they've studied in term one. See the full set for more details/ examples.


This group wanted to play with connections between craft and science, especially the way in which knitting works incrementally. As they put it, in knitting you learn from your mistakes. Also, each stitch is a stepping stone to the next; in many respects any piece of knitting reflects its own history.


You can also see their knitted Dolly the Sheep and a longer shot of how the bits of the piece fit together, or read their project's knit-blog (with more photos) at

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Taken on March 26, 2010