The Online Knitting Reference Library: Download 300 Knitting Books Published From 1849 to 2012

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No need to scramble to the fallout shelter, friends.
That massive boom you just heard is merely the sound of thousands of crafters’ minds being blown en masse by the University of Southhampton’s Knitting Reference Library, an extensive resource of books, catalogues, patterns, journals and magazines—over seventeen decades worth.

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An Inside Look at How the Fantastic “Wintergatan Marble Machine” Makes Music with 2000 Marbles & 3000 Handmade Parts

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Swedish musician Martin Molin’s Marble Machine, above, looks like the kind of top heavy, enchanted contraption one might find in a Miyazaki movie, galloping through the countryside on its skinny legs.

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Free: Download 500+ Rare Music Manuscripts by Mozart, Bach, Chopin & Other Composers from the Morgan Library

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When my son first started playing the piano, I lost several evenings chasing the holy grail of free online sheet music. Sadly, most of what we were interested in downloading wasn’t really free… just the first page.

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City of Scars: The Impressive Batman Fan Film Made for $27,000 in 21 Days

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The system is broken… 
A common enough sentiment in an election year, but in this case, the speaker is Batman, and the proof is the 30-minute labor of love above.
Five years ago, father and son Batman fans Sean and Aaron Schoenke spent $27,000 to make City of Scars, this thrillingly grim entry into the canon.

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The Power of Power Naps: Salvador Dali Teaches You How Micro-Naps Can Give You Creative Inspiration

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In high school, I had a history teacher who was, in his spare time, a millionaire owner of several marinas. He taught, he told us, because he loved it.

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How to Take Advantage of Boredom, the Secret Ingredient of Creativity

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Pierre-August Renoir, La Tasse de chocolat
Last year we told you about the importance of messy desks and walking to creativity. This year, the time has come to realize how much creativity also depends on boredom.

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How to Get Started: John Cage’s Approach to Starting the Difficult Creative Process

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You know what they say: eighty percent of the work you do on a project, you do getting the last twenty percent of that project right.

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How a Good Night’s Sleep — and a Bad Night’s Sleep — Can Enhance Your Creativity

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You decide you need some medical advice, so you take to the internet. Whoops! There’s your first mistake. Now you are bombarded with contradictory opinions from questionable sources and you begin to develop symptoms you never knew existed. It’s all downhill from there.

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Brian Eno on Why Do We Make Art & What’s It Good For?: Download His 2015 John Peel Lecture

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“Symphonies, perfume, sports cars, graffiti, needlepoint, monuments, tattoos, slang, Ming vases, doodles, poodles, apple strudels.

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John Cleese’s Advice to Young Artists: “Steal Anything You Think Is Really Good”

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So you want to be a rock and roll star? Or a writer, or a filmmaker, or a comedian, or what-have-you…. And yet, you don’t know where to start. You’ve heard you need to find your own voice, but it’s difficult to know what that is when you’re just beginning.

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