ImageKnits

Melinda K.P. Stees

Chagrin Falls, Ohio On Etsy since 2014

ImageKnits

Melinda K.P. Stees

Chagrin Falls, Ohio | 5 Sales

Announcement    Every IMAGE KNIT shows you my view of a little piece of the world, through a unique lens of virtual knitting. These pieces are DIGITALLY CREATED PRINTS that simulate actual knitting. And why knitting? Because it's a stealth coating, letting challenging ideas slip into your mind without triggering defenses...it's a familiar and comforting visual texture, making you want to touch... and it's a simplifying discipline, filtering out excess and leaving only the visual essentials.

Take a look and see if my view of the world meshes with yours. And if there's a particular view you'd like to see simulated with virtual yarn? Send me a message with your ideas and let's have a conversation!

I'M CURRENTLY RESTOCKING MY SHOP WITH PRINTS, INCLUDING SOME THAT ARE BASED ON THE KNITTED PIECES YOU MIGHT HAVE SEEN HERE IN THE PAST. CUSTOM ORDERS WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON, TOO. CHECK BACK OFTEN TO SEE WHAT'S NEW!

Announcement

Last updated on May 8, 2020

Every IMAGE KNIT shows you my view of a little piece of the world, through a unique lens of virtual knitting. These pieces are DIGITALLY CREATED PRINTS that simulate actual knitting. And why knitting? Because it's a stealth coating, letting challenging ideas slip into your mind without triggering defenses...it's a familiar and comforting visual texture, making you want to touch... and it's a simplifying discipline, filtering out excess and leaving only the visual essentials.

Take a look and see if my view of the world meshes with yours. And if there's a particular view you'd like to see simulated with virtual yarn? Send me a message with your ideas and let's have a conversation!

I'M CURRENTLY RESTOCKING MY SHOP WITH PRINTS, INCLUDING SOME THAT ARE BASED ON THE KNITTED PIECES YOU MIGHT HAVE SEEN HERE IN THE PAST. CUSTOM ORDERS WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON, TOO. CHECK BACK OFTEN TO SEE WHAT'S NEW!

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  • Rae on Dec 22, 2017

    5 out of 5 stars

    This is a portrait of my best friend's dog Dot. I purchased it for her and she was instantly in love. We were both shocked and amazed by the attention to detail. This artist is not only extremely talented in creating a near-photographic image, but she captures an essential part of the soul of whomever she knits. I'm beyond impressed with this product. You will not be disappointed by the quality of love and care present in these works.

  • paigecampbell243 on Feb 28, 2015

    5 out of 5 stars

    great picture. she did a wonderful job of making a picture of my dog. I love it!!!

About ImageKnits

Sales 5
On Etsy since 2014

Looking at the world...still through a lens of knitting

If you've been following Image Knits for a while, you know that for years I've made knitted images from digitally manipulated patterns (you can see these on my website at www.ImageKnits.com).

What you might NOT know is that as I learned to create the designs for these knitted pieces, I also developed techniques for digitally simulating the final appearance of the knitting, to help me judge when my patterns were ready to knit.

Little by little, these simulations became more accurate, to the point that from a distance (that is, when they are seen at the same apparent size) the simulations are visually almost indistinguishable from the knitted works themselves.

Recognizing what my simulations had become was a “light bulb” moment for me! I began to think that there might be even more creative potential in these simulations, and in making them even better.

So I kept working, developing my techniques...and now, where I have previously always created knitting that looks like prints, I can also create prints that look like knitting (that is, printed images of simulated knitting).

One thing about these digitally produced works that makes them unusual is that they are simultaneously extremely LOW-resolution (because the “actual” image is made up of stitches, which are very large in relation to pixels) and extremely HIGH-resolution (because the image of each individual stitch is extremely detailed and contains many, many pixels). This makes printing them very challenging, as extremely high resolution is required--I have gotten test prints from many commercial printers to find the best combination of process and paper.

It's also important to realize that these printed pieces follow all the principles that would be required for me to make physical knitted pieces. They depict the same number of knit stitches that would be used in actual knitting, and the colors are restricted to those actually available in the yarns I knit with. Printing allows me, however, to use MORE colors than would be practical for actual knitting, though I still limit myself to just a handful or so.

I can imagine some people wondering why this very "niche" approach to image-making had any particular appeal to me…possibly because they've never seen anything remotely like it before. But to me, once I saw what was possible, I immediately recognized that it's exactly what I've always been working toward. And one key thing to know: each image is not just a picture of generic knitting, it’s not just a semi-transparent overlay that looks something like knitting, but rather it is a stitch-by-stitch simulation of MY OWN knitting. It lets me produce works that are like fully realized thought experiments, the essence of what a knitted image can be—the ultimate expression of what MY knitting can be.

Shop members

  • Melinda

    Owner

    I do everything at Image Knits!

Production partners

  • A photo print shop

    Pittsburg, KS

    This commercial printer provides high-quality prints of my digital designs.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 30, 2020
GENERAL POLICIES

My number one goal is for you to love your Image Knit and be excited to display it and show it off to family and friends.

Please review the item photographs and product dimensions carefully before ordering, and feel free to ask questions if you need more information.

Note that the colors you see on your computer monitor may vary slightly from the actual colors in the print you will receive.

Accepted payment methods

Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations
Contact me within: 3 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 7 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 2 hours of purchase
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Questions about your order?
Please if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
Any piece may be returned for refund within seven days of receipt. Customer pays return shipping; please pack the piece in its original box, and in the same manner and condition in which you received it.

Please contact me BEFORE making a return and I will do my best to solve whatever problem you have encountered.

Refund will be provided when I receive the returned item in original condition.
Payment
All items must be purchased and payment received before prints will be created and shipped to you.
Shipping
All items are shipped free within the continental US.

If you receive an item that has been damaged in transit, please notify me immediately so I can file a claim with the carrier and also make arrangements to replace your item.