I learned to knit in 1994, after I finished grad school. Until that time, I'd been primarily making photographs, but leaving school meant leaving the darkroom and I wanted to continue to make things. I was inspired by the sweaters worn by Rick Nielsen in Cheap Trick and interested in how the medium transformed the message and how Nielsen's persona as the band's nerd was created through clothing. I checked out a few library books and made a sweater. Ten years later, I bought a knitting machine in order to produce sweaters more quickly, in response to current events.