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Granny Was a Hacker: Knitting as Computer Code

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Presented at the April 2014 "What Do You Know - Sydney" event.

More details on my blog here: http://web-goddess.org/archive.php/postID/11758

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Granny Was a Hacker: Knitting as Computer Code

  1. 1. FLICKR: @STÉFAN
  2. 2. GRANNY WAS A HACKER KNITTING AS COMPUTER CODE
  3. 3. BINARY KNITTING • “Decoder Hat” by Zabet Stewart • Ribbing used to encode binary message. • One = knit; zero = purl • Message length restricted by size of hat. 96 stitches = 12 ASCII characters in binary at 8 stitches each
  4. 4. BINARY KNITTING • “Binary Scarf” by heycarrieann • Source code of ravelry.com (knitting website) converted into binary
  5. 5. BINARY KNITTING • “The Viral Knitting Project” by Kirsty Robertson and Roberto Buiani • Code Red computer virus turned into a knitting pattern
  6. 6. F L ICKR :@DE VABURGE R RAV E L RY:@CYN
  7. 7. BINARY KNITTING • “Braille Socks” by Jessica Landers • Uses knit and purl stitches to mimic Braille writing • Encodes a stanza from Dr. Seuss’s Oh, The Places You'll Go!
  8. 8. CODED COLOURS FLICKR:@ADAMKNITS
  9. 9. CODED COLOURS • “Morse Code” by Kate Atherley • Uses colour to represent dots and dashes • Left mitten reads “My Left Mitten”, thumb reads “Thumb”, etc
  10. 10. FROM: KNITTY.COM F ROM: S T R INGGE EKE RY.COM F ROM: WOOL LY THOUGHT S
  11. 11. CODED COLOURS • Probably the most literal example of knitted code • Average scarf holds about 120 bytes of information FLICKR: @JACQUELINE-W
  12. 12. QR CODE • Yes, it really works. FLICKR: @BEKATHWIA
  13. 13. REALLY GEEKY STUFF FLICKR: @BEKATHWIA
  14. 14. ARECIBO MESSAGE • Filet crochet by Devon • Message written by Carl Sagan (and others), broadcast into space via radio wave in 1974 • Includes atomic numbers, double helix of DNA, graphic of solar system, etc
  15. 15. KNITTED APPLICATION • iTunes No. 6 by Phillip Stearns • Digital forensics tools used to extract, process, and visualise raw binary data • Knitted and woven by computer
  16. 16. THANK YOU Kris Howard @web_goddess

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