Posted by: cassymuronaka | May 7, 2009

The knitted brain

Knitted Brain

My initial reaction to this intriguing photo was that some knitter had waaaaaaaaay too much time on her hands, but that is clearly not the case of Dr. Karen Norberg, a Massachusetts psychiatrist who has reproduced a woolen version of the human brain. It’s obviously a simple merger of two passions, however unrelated they might appear at first glance.

Norberg, who spent a challenged year knitting the pastel-hued organ, told Britain’s Daily Telegraph that it was a “labour (c.q.) of love” and that she was drawn to the task for two reasons, both of which involved amusing herself:

“For me, there were two humorous aspects. One was simply to undertake such a ridiculously complex, time-consuming project for no practical reason. The second was the idea of making a somewhat mysterious and difficult object – a brain – out of a ‘cuddly’, cheerfully coloured (c.q.), familiar material like cotton yarn.”

Everything from the spinal cord to the cerebellum was knitted in pieces. After it was assembled, the “brain” went on display at the Boston Museum of Science.

And for more views of how artists interpret the human brain, there’s a wonderful site known as “The Museum of Scientifically Accurate Fabric Brain Art,” which displays “anatomically correct fabric brain art, inspired by research from neuroscience, dissection and neuroeconomics.”


  1. I would trade my brain for that one any day.

    Interesting that there’s a whole genre of brain fabric art.

  2. Reminds me of “Young Frankenstein”. I expect Igor to come running up with a jar labeled “abbynormal”.

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