Every day, an endless stream of tweets enters the Twitterverse—some to live on via retweets and favorites, others to fade into the dark depths of the web, never to be seen again. This "here today gone tomorrow" phenomenon led the folks behind Knitterstream pondering: must digital chit chat be so fleeting? They didn't think so. And thus, Knitterstream was born. It began as a data visualization project—an electronic knitting machine from 1998 that, with the help of custom software and hardware, could transform a simple tweet into a tangible, real life, woven work of art.
Knitterstream asked twitter-users, "What creative mantra do you work by?" They responded, tweeting their mantras with the hash tag #knitterstream, and Knitterstream transformed the most retweeted mantras into custom designs, which it then knit into what turned out to be 120 feet of cozy conversation.