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Wijnants is constantly messing around on the machine, testing out new ideas and looking for mistakes (particularly those of his interns) that may somehow lead to a novel approach. “You start the machine, put the yarn in, and you never know in advance how the yarn will react,” he explains. “You start making a design and you change the tension and the yarn thickness — you try this and that. And ideas arise during the process, so that’s nice.”