As I was researching French knitting I stumbled upon a you tube lecture that has literally blown my mind! I work for an embedded software company yet I have no engineering background nor embedded technology skills. My friend Kara once asked me if was interested to learn coding. It really didn't appeal to me and and I refused her offer.
Who would think that knitting would be my breakthrough into the world of coding??
I watched this video (embedded at end of post) and was thoroughly mesmerized.
Kirsten Haring takes us through how knitting has been used to send messages created in textiles using Morse code, she talks about the history of this, textiles as media. She discusses how the simple knit and purl stitch become the binary code used.
Finally this binary concept has connected with me, I am intrigued by this.
The concept of this being a real time communication process was even more impressive. With the ability to knit code into a pattern as events unfolded then forward that message as simply as wearing a scarf.
As I said mind blowing!
Such a comprehensive discussion on communication, media, technology, textiles, engineering... I urge you to watch this talk.
I plan to take this Morse code knit concept and put it into practice. Watch out for my next blog on knitting the code.
Kristen Haring discussing How to knit a popular history of Media.