Sunday, 23 January 2011

Messing about with binary

or 1001101 1100101 1110011 1110011 1101001 1101110 1100111 0100000 1100001 1100010 1101111 1110101 1110100 0100000 1110111 1101001 1110100 1101000 0100000 1100010 1101001 1101110 1100001 1110010 1111001
I've been thinking how to represent text in knitting, encoding information in the stitches if you like.
I'd got as far as taking text, converting it to the ASCI values of each character and then converting those to binary (which is what the string of 1s and 0s above is... just another way of saying Messing about with binary).

From twitter (@peterrowlett to be precise) I found work other people had done in a similar vein (see his blog post ).

So I've been having a play using excel.
 This will represent a zero (4 stitches over two rows)


 This will represent a one (4 stitches over two rows)



This is scarfscarf, displayed as:
sc
ar
fs
ca
rf










I think it's a bit of an eye-boggler, so I tried tweaking the shapes used to denote the 1 and 0.

 1



0

 scarf displayed as
s

c

a

r

f

Much more appealing!





My eyes are now thoroughly crossed so back to the knitting!

edited a week or more later when I realised my key was wrong. 50/50 chance of getting it right, and I didn't!




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