Ever feel like you deserve a prize after an especially challenging spin class? Well, how would you feel about a brand-new, pure wool scarf, made just for you?
A cool contraption built by Dutch designer George Barratt-Jones actually uses the power harnessed by a stationary bike to knit a scarf close to 5 feet long for its cyclist — all in about five minutes. Barratt-Jones recently shared his invention, called the Cyclo Knitter, online for the public to enjoy.
“Imagine Its [sic] the midst of winter. You are cold and boared [sic] waiting for your train at the station,” Barratt-Jones wrote in an Imgur folder full of pictures of the Cyclo Knitter. He continued:
This pedal powered machine gets you warm by moving, you are making something while you wait and in the end you are left with a free scarf! That you can decide to keep yourself or give to someone who needs it more.
Curious? Take a peek at his Vimeo video of the project below. With its cheery “Come on Eileen” soundtrack and great shots of strangers trying out the bike while interacting with Barratt-Jones, it’s a fun look at how interactive art can bring people together and brighten people’s days.
“I like making projects that are useful and make people smile,” he wrote. “So I decided on making waiting for your train in the winter more enjoyable.”
He added in his Vimeo caption: “Its [sic] all about spreading joy and making those boring moments more fun.”
Judging by the smiles on people’s faces as they used the Cyclo Knitter, Barratt-Jones definitely succeeded.