Here are the projects that the Knit Inn participants manufactured in the span of 2 days. We had a discussion of color perception and started the projects on Friday night, and worked on them, along with other projects, through Saturday and by Sunday morning we were able to view them all. The idea was to demonstrate the impact of context on color perception. For example, the yellow diamonds in the burgundy and navy backgrounds appear different, although they are made with the same yarn. Our other endeavor was to make ornaments.
I didn't forget that this blog is about neuroscience. I'm preparing a very informal "workshop" for a weekend knit-away at Harpswell Inn in Maine. I enjoyed the experience last year and agreed to give this year's event a bit of neuroscience. Well, actually, I agreed to do a workshop on color knitting, but it's really going to be a geek fest of color perception, complete with diagrams of the eye and the primary visual cortex. I'm making a few sample vessels with Knit Picks' Wool of the Andes to demonstrate simultaneous contrast. The "pumpkin" appears darker on the "lake ice heather" background compared to its appearance on the "black cherry heather" background. Felting adds an element of mystery and fun to the project. I have an array of colors for workshop participants to play with, so I hope it will be fun.