February 11, 2020
I made these Luvbots for my Valentines in 2018. They only took a couple of days, and even though there are only a couple of days left before Valentine’s Day, I might just whip out a few small projects. Yes, I do have plenty of things in progress as it is. Ahem. Who’s counting?
If you’re similarly inclined, take a spin through my “Be My Valentine” bundle, and see if there’s a little project that takes your fancy!
Reactions to reports of “yarn” developed from human cell cultures range from “ewwww, gross” to “well now, that’s promising!” I confess to being in the latter camp, and I found this article fascinating in its explanation of the ways this technology could provide greater biocompatibility when human tissue needs repair—ranging from simple stitches to tissue grafts to organ repair.
Implantable medical textiles tend to be knit, woven, non woven, or braided, and most modern materials are synthetic, owing to strict hygiene controls, and the importance of reproducing materials withing exact tolerances. While historically, linen, silk, gut, and bark have all been used for these medical purposes, in a modern context, silk is the only other regularly-used natural material.
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