January 8, 2006

So when I woke up from the dream (see my two most recent posts if you don’t know what I’m talking about), I instantly realized that the thing to do to give my life meaning would be to knit a brain.

Out of curiosity, I googled “knitted brain,” not really expecting to find anything.

And what came up was–I am not making this up–the Museum of Scientifically Accurate Fabric Brain Art. O world, I thought, I cannot hold thee close enough!

I emailed the curator at once, asking him for the contact information of the creator of the knitted brain so that I could get the pattern from her.

Within hours I got an email from her, saying that, alas, she hadn’t written a pattern, but she was beginning to wish she had, because I was the second person to ask about this in the past week.

The mind boggles.

I was consumed with both an intense desire to meet the person to whom I had been so synchroniously connected and a deep and abiding hatred of my rival. And then I started wondering, how many more of us are there?

But mostly I just wanted somehow to acquire suddenly a complete understanding of writing knitting patterns, because she sent me more photographs, and this is what the knitted brain looks like (click on the images to see a larger view):

Note the zipper in the corpus callosum above.

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31 Responses to So when I woke up from the dream

  1. mak says:

    And somehow my only reaction to this seems to be, “Of course. This makes perfect sense.”

  2. Well, duh.

  3. Jonsin says:

    Even if you’re one in a million there are six thousand other people just like you.

  4. Rich says:

    Whats the purpose of the zipper in a brain?

  5. Well, my understanding is that the corpus callosum is more or less what holds the two hemispheres together. When people have split-brain surgery (a drastic but effective treatment for severe epilepsy), it’s the corpus callosum that gets mostly snipped away. So the zipper kind of makes sense.

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  7. Scott says:

    People like you? I somehow doubt that. You, sir, might possibly be too creative for your own good. But I like it. 🙂

  8. Jeff says:

    Those pictures are making me a little bit ill. Now I know why I’m not a doctor or a knitter.

  9. David says:

    Those photos have the alarming ability to not only put me off my lunch, but also my wardrobe.

  10. Jeffrey says:

    Knitted brains? I miss your days of aerobics, cheer squad, and casual sex.

  11. sep says:

    I KNEW it was multi-colored! No one could convince me it was just “grey” matter. Thanks!

  12. Scott: I bet you say that to all the boys.

    Jeff and David: Actually, they kind of make me hungry.

    Jeffrey: You and me both, buddy.

    sep: I think it’s gray only in boring people.

  13. Franklin says:

    I think mine is made out of fun fur. Except it’s not much fun.

  14. Mush says:

    While they’re disturbing, I guess they’re no worse than that knitted uterus they had over at knitty.com. Ugh.

    And are you quite sure they’re knitted, and not crocheted?

    If I needed to model body parts, I think I’d choose Play-doh over yarn. (This in an effort to make you and your six thousand brain-knitting new friends feel suitably obscure and superior.)

  15. A friend of mine actually knitted the uterus from knitty.com, and it looked kind of fabulous.

  16. Andy says:

    I would like to comment but…I have no words…

  17. Michelle says:

    Okay, am I the only on who wants to know which Sidney Bristow wig you were wearing in the dream?

  18. Ruby says:

    Faustus, I don’t know how to knit, but seeing the your knitting over the years and your dream of a knitted brain made me go out and buy some yarn. Now I don’t know what to do with it. I just showed the enlarged pics to my bf and he’s looking at me as id I’m weird, lol!

    I want to knit this! Too bad she doesn’t have the pattern.

    Now I too want to know, what wig were you wearing????

  19. Paul says:

    Good gracious. What an interesting use of knitting. What next? The different lobes of the liver? 🙂


  20. Mush says:

    and it looked kind of fabulous.

    I don’t have anything against knitted uteruses, truly. I bet it was fabulous.

    Google is also fabulous.

  21. MzOuiser says:

    If I had only seen this prior to the holidays! It would have made a perfect gift for a certain Clinical Neuropsychologist I know.

  22. Yasmine says:

    My boyfriend went to Hong Kong and brought back a squishy rubber penis, but a knitted brain is so much sexier. I want to get me one of those!

  23. I’ve made the knitted uterus from Knitty–I made a cheerful multi-color version for my aunt, after she had a hysterectomy.

    I would think that this brain could probably be done using a bunch of knitted i-cord, then gathered back on itself. I may have to try…

  24. christophe says:

    For a while there – was drawn to the pictures and did not realise that you hadn’t knitted the brain – I went totally nuts, because the idea that you had learnt to knit a brain overnight… well, let’s say I was going to fly you over to Belgium to help me out a bit.
    Great post though… Some people really do have odd hobbies…

  25. Alan says:

    I’m not really sure why but these knitted brains reminded me of a website devoted to dogs dressed in bumble bee costumes. I did a search for it and couldn’t find it apart from this one:


  26. Laura P says:

    the knitted brain is pretty cool, in my opinion. It reminded me of an artist named Tom Friedman, particularly a grusome self-portrait he made entirely out of construction paper.

  27. I cannot believe that is for real, how perfect. The big WOW factor for sure.

  28. hey is this the new form of modern art?

  29. Some unusual, but original creations of knitting…. beats traditional hats and scarfs thats for sure.

  30. Masry Lisa says:

    I can think of a few people who would be improved by this.

  31. Joel Derfner says:

    Only a few?


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