The TwitterKnitter

One of TOG’s projects for the Dublin Mini Maker Faire 2013. This 40 year old, entirely mechanical knitting machine was upgraded with servos, electronics and laser cut parts, and spent the day knitting tweets sent by attendees.

Empisal Knitmaster 321
Originally designed to take knitting patterns from punchcards…
Oh yes.
… so we upgraded it.
At the TOG stand at Dublin Mini Maker Faire
Fixed that stuck line :)

Dublin Mini Maker Faire: post-faire BBQ

Dublin Mini Maker Faire logoMaking and showing off can be such hard work, that’s why Tog are helping out the makers of Dublin Mini Maker Faire by hosting a wind down barbeque on the day after.  Last year’s BBQ was a great success, and with more makers at this year’s faire, it can only be better!

The BBQ will be hosted in Tog on Sunday the 28th of July from 2pm. Weather permitting we’ll be sitting in the yard, enjoying the smell of burning coals, otherwise we can huddle indoors and enjoy ourselves. Food will be provided, but you’ll have to bring your own beer (this way you can pick your favourite beer!).  Makers who were involved in the Faire will get free-in with their badges.  If you’re not a Maker, don’t fret, you can still join us for the reasonable sum of €5.

bbqIf you’re not a member, it’d be great if you can RSVP in the comments or by email, so we can plan for you.  We don’t want anyone to be left short of food!

Plenty of food for those who come, let us know in comments below.



From the Mail Bag – Call for Makers – Maker Faire Rome

Maker Faire Rome - The European Edition

Call for Makers for Maker Faire Rome is now open. Coined as the european edition, this is the first year that a Maker Faire will take place in Rome. The event itself is in October from the 3rd until the 6th.  The organizers of the faire have sent us an Ambassador pack filled with flyers,  posters, stickers,  badges and a special edition Arduino Uno. Any of these can be picked up from the space apart from the Uno which will be given away as a prize. Photos below.





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Maker Faire Newcastle 2013

TOG went to Newcastle last weekend for Maker Faire UK. We got to see lots of great projects and met many more Hackerspaces. UK Hackspace Foundation did a great job promoting Hackerpaces in UK and Ireland with this GIANT map.

UK Hackspace Foundation

All our projects got a great response from visitors, including the giant Arduino, flashing LEDs, sewable curcuit projects etc.

To our benefit we met loads of people who where willing to swap Ducks for schwag. First swap was with, for our logo done up with their automated knitting machine.

Update: Made a mistake this was very kindly made by Sally Bitmap Machine Knitting check out website, very nice people and really very good machine Over the weekend they used a hand scanner to get children to scan in their designs and print. Our design was from bitmap.

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