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Can Learning to Knit Help Learning to Code? | MindShift | KQED News

Handwork and technology might seem at first glance to be at odds. But there’s a case to be made that handwork and computing — and the kind of process that

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Knitting to help learn code? Brilliant! There are many knitters in the tech comm world out there, including some well-known tech comm knitters such as Val Swisher, Sarah O’Keefe, Sharon Burton, and Marcia Riefer Johnston. In fact, I met these tech comm ladies DUE to knitting! Almost exactly 3 years ago, I attended my first Adobe Day at LavaCon, and we all went for a yarn crawl afterwards. I’ve been friends with them all ever since. Good company, for knitting AND tech comm and coding! There are many others out there too. And many of us do understand some part of how to code, because we have been trained to read patterns like the one in the article. Although I can say, I learned coding first, which made knitting easier! Have fun reading this article, and if you need help learning to knit, there are plenty of us in the tech comm community to help you bridge that gap. –TechCommGeekMom

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Danielle M. Villegas is a technical communicator who currently employed at Cox Automotive, Inc., and freelances as her own technical communications consultancy, Dair Communications. She has worked at the International Refugee Committee, MetLife, Novo Nordisk, BASF North America, Merck, and Deloitte, with a background in content strategy, web content management, social media, project management, e-learning, and client services. Danielle is best known in the technical communications world for her blog,, which has continued to flourish since it was launched during her graduate studies at NJIT in 2012. She has presented webinars and seminars for Adobe, the Society for Technical Communication (STC), the IEEE ProComm, TCUK (ISTC) and at Drexel University’s eLearning Conference. She has written articles for the STC Intercom, STC Notebook, the Content Rules blog, and The Content Wrangler as well. She is very active in the STC, as a former chapter president for the STC-Philadelphia Metro Chapter, and is currently serving on three STC Board committees. You can learn more about Danielle on LinkedIn at, on Twitter @techcommgeekmom, or through her blog. All content is the owner's opinions, and does not reflect those of her employers past or present.

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