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KNI++ is a unique knitwear accessories collection invigorated by illumination.

KNI++ is a unique knitwear accessories collection invigorated by illumination under the k8knitz brand.

I am a MFA Design & Technology candidate at Parsons The New School for Design. My interest in scarves and knitting was kickstarted by my two consecutive first place finishes in the NYC KnitOut. I have always enjoyed knitting with materials other than yarn. I have taken my materials exploration further integrating soft circuits into my scarves to fill a void in the current accessories market. 

The inspiration for this collection stems from the women who commute home from New York City with me each evening. Many train stations are dimly lit and often the people driving past are tired or distracted. The illumination these scarves offer will be both eclectic and practical. 

I began this process with the concept of a reflective scarf which transforms itself from a matte silver, taking on a luminous glow when viewed from the approximate direction of the light source. This evolved into experimenting with soft circuits to produce scarves that emit light themselves, not just reflect it. 

Each piece in the KNI++ collection is custom made by hand (by me!) in the USA. This process results in unique and intriguing scarves. LEDs are embedded in each scarf with the wires knits through the yarn for an invisible finish. All pieces use custom designed removable, rechargeable lithium ion battery components.

In order to complete my collection your help is needed! Your generous donations will directly provide for the purchase of materials including: conductive yarn, conductive thread, lithium ion batteries, reflective yarn, LED lights and various other materials. Your contributions will also fund the models, photography and website necessary to make this collection a success. 

Remember, no contribution is too small. All donations will be greatly appreciated. 

If you have any questions, you may contact me at k8knitz@gmail.com.

Thank you, 

Kate, k8knitz

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    A k8knitz logo necklace, $5 off coupon on any k8knitz scarf and a handwritten thank you letter.

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    A custom k8knitz logo necklace, a handmade knit pixel LED pin, a handwritten thank you letter and your name under funders on my website.

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    Custom handmade k8knitz cowl. Choose your color. No hardware included. Just yarn. A hand written thank you note and your name under funders on my website.

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    Custom handmade k8knitz cowl with reflective thread. The scarf illuminates when car lights or street lights hit it so you are safe when walking home at night. A hand written thank you note and your name under funders on my website.

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    Custom handmade Kni++ cowl. You choose the color of the scarf and LED lights. A hand written thank you note and your name under funders on my website.

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    Custom handmade Kni++ cowl. Any color way of yarn and LED lights you choose. Also, an editorial style photoshoot or free soft circuit/project description workshop, if you are in New York! Your name under funders on my website.

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