How STEM Found Its Way into a Knitting Magazine

If you happened to grab a copy of Interweave Knits Winter 2019, and didn’t immediately cast-on one of the stunning patterns from the science issue, you might have noticed the article “STEM+Knitting,” which I wrote for the issue. (If you didn’t catch my article, you can read it here, but, seriously, you need to check out the entire issue!) Besides the fact that the word science is in STEM—which stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—you might be wondering how this story found its way to the pages of all that yarny goodness that is Interweave Knits.

Myself as a Colorado TSA officer in 6th grade (top) and with some current alumni at the 2018 State Conference (bottom). Images courtesy of Colorado TSA.

Myself as a Colorado TSA officer in 6th grade (top) and with some current alumni at the 2018 State Conference (bottom). Images courtesy of Colorado TSA.

Let me start with a brief backstory. While growing up, as I mentioned in the article, I was involved in the Technology Student Association, or TSA. To be honest, “involved” might be underselling it. I slept, ate, and breathed all things TSA from grades 6 through 12, and I still continue to be involved, working as the judging coordinator for the Colorado TSA State Conference every year. And yet, despite all the indicators that this passion should have steered me toward a STEM career, I fell in love with fiber arts in college, which eventually led me to working here at Interweave.

Middle school students compete in Colorado TSA's Fashion Design competition, bringing STEM and craft together. Images courtesy of Colorado TSA.

Middle school students compete in Colorado TSA’s Fashion Design competition, bringing STEM and craft together. Images courtesy of Colorado TSA.

I guess you could say I am walking-talking proof that STEM and crafting can coexist in one brain. So when an after-hours conversation that I had with Knits editor Meghan Babin about non-yarny hobbies led to the subject of TSA, we discovered that we shared the belief that craft and STEM concepts are connected. Thus, the idea for the article was born. With help from groups such as TSA and Knitlab, the old lines of STEM are being blurred, and I hope this article helps to grow the dialogue about this interconnectivity among you, my fellow knitters.

Happy reading!

Hayley

(Featured Images courtesy of Colorado TSA.)


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