A visit to Knitster LDN

Knitster LDN is a knitwear studio based in Hackney, East London, run by Aysen Bayram.

Although I’ve know Aysen for over 10 years, I met her for the first time in years when I went to a friend’s party the other week. I asked her if I could pay a visit to her studio and she happily welcomed me in.

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I was curious about this industrial knitting machine since I saw the post on the Knitster LDN’s FB page. Apparently it came from a knitwear workshop in Scotland, that used to be run by a gentleman who is now 80 years old and had retired to become a bus driver.

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Aysen is working to give it a new lease of life.

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The cleaning is in progress. You can see the difference in the state of it before (left half) and after (right half) polishing.

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Still sussing out how this thing works…

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I am looking forward to seeing the old Italian machine come into action! I will revisit the Knitster LND studio again and hopefully will post the update here…

On the wall, I spotted a charcoal drawing of Aysen’s cat / muse by her friend Mieke Dingemanse in Amsterdam where she spent several years as a knitwear designer for an international fashion brand.

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Here is some of her work of knitted animals using Scottish lamswool. She also has an ongoing project Portrait Your Pet where by she commissions to knit clients’ pets into an object like cushion and frame.

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Aysen demonstrating us how the Brother knitting machine motor unit works.

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Thank you for sparing your time and showing us around your studio on one of the hottest days of the year!

Onagono x

 

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