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 =====BLF===== =====BLF=====
  
-The **BLF** (aka **Brother Liberation Front**) is a group of freedom hackers, dedicated to develop knitting software which is free and open source.+The **BLF** (aka **Brother Liberation Front**) is a group of freedom hackers, dedicated to develop krafty software which is free and open source.
  
-The BLF firmly believes that anyone who owns a knitting machine should have the freedom to link it up to a computer and control it, without the need to spend a fortune on extra software.+The BLF firmly believes that anyone who owns a crafting machine should have the freedom to link it up to a computer and control it, without the need to spend a fortune on extra software.
  
 ====Projects==== ====Projects====
-The BLF is currently working on two projects+The BLF is currently working on four projects 
 + 
 +===OpenCraft DB=== 
 +The goal of the [[Open Craft Database]] is to liberate crafters from the [[craft tyranny|Craftocracy of Evil]].
  
 ===Crafty Gimp=== ===Crafty Gimp===
-A plugin for the imaging programm //the Gimp// - which can read and write various knitting and cross-stitch pattern formats, including Brother disk image files, and Designaknit Patterns.+A plugin for the imaging programm [[wp>the Gimp]] - which can read and write various knitting and cross-stitch pattern formats, including Brother disk image files, and Designaknit Patterns. 
 + 
 +===Yarnscape=== 
 +A suite of plugins for the vector graphics program [[wp>Inkscape]] which will be able to: 
 +  * import embroidery file formats such as PES 
 +  * digitize shapes, contours and fonts into stitch sequences 
 +  * export embroidery file formats
  
 ===J-FB-100=== ===J-FB-100===
-A modular java based FB100 floppy disk emulator, that can be used to control brother knitting machines via the serial or usb port. +A modular java based [[wiki:Brother FB-100|FB-100]] floppy disk emulator, that can be used to control brother knitting machines via the serial or usb port. 
-This module may be integrated with various other projects like the processing programming environment.+This module may be integrated with various other projects like the [[wp>Processing (programming language)|Processing]] programming environment.
  
 ====Disclaimer==== ====Disclaimer====
 Any relation of the term //Brother// in BLF to the name of any big company (like [[Brother|Brother Inc]])  is purely coincidential, though conspiracy theories supporting this claim are always welcome. Any relation of the term //Brother// in BLF to the name of any big company (like [[Brother|Brother Inc]])  is purely coincidential, though conspiracy theories supporting this claim are always welcome.
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 +
 +===== Friends of BLF =====
 +
 +==== Antitronics ====
 +Sconklin at [[http://www.antitronics.com/|Antitronics]] is working on hacking interfaces to Brother machines. He created [[Brother FB-100#PDDemulate]] -- a free and open source FB-100 emulator written in [[Python]].
 +
 +==== Lady Ada ====
 +Geek girl [[http://ladyada.net/|Lady Ada]] has taken the efforts of Antitronics one step further and has set up a [[python#knitting_machine|Python knitting tools]] repository. Check out her step-by-step [[http://ladyada.net/learn/electroknit/|tutorial]] on uploading patterns to the [[Brother KH-930]] or watch Becky Stern's [[blog:kraftivision:knithacking_with_python|video tutorial]].
 +
 +==== Forskningsavdelningen ====
 +The Swedish hackerspace is involved in two projects:
 +
 +=== kh940knit ===
 +[[http://wiki.forskningsavd.se/User:Stg|STG]] at Forskningsavdelningen has written [[Brother FB-100#knittington]], a free and opensource library and SDL2 GUI for uploading patterns to [[Brother KH-930]], [[Brother KH-940]] and [[Brother KH-950]] from a Windows/Linux/Mac computer. 
 +
 +=== Pattern Uploader ===
 +[[http://www.varvarag.info/|Varvara]] and [[http://mcanet.info/|Mar]] have inspired the creation of //knittington// by bringing knitting machines to STPLN during their [[blog:kraftivision:spam_knitting_by_varvara_mar|SpamPoetry]] tour and later also wrote the [[Brother FB-100#Pattern Uploader|Pattern Uploader GUI]] for //knittington// based on [[openFrameworks]].
 +
 +==== Others ====
 + 
 +Recently several other groups have joined the knit-hacking revolution, including [[ETIB]], [[Knitic]], [[OpenKnit]] and [[AYAB]].
 +
  
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