Knitting in code

I love it when movies deal with things I like and give them a disproportionate level of importance. Perhaps it is confessing too much, but I love The Mummy, and a lot of that is the importance it attached to reading a book.

I went to see Wanted over the weekend, and I think I can say without giving too much away that a central part of the narrative revolves around “the Fraternity” a guild of medieval cloth weavers who formed a secret band of assassins a thousand years ago, and who are still in business — in both the textiles and killing business. Aside from the interesting observation that they appear to be running a cloth factory that only produces rather coarse cotton or linen plain weave fabric (I think this should be forgiven as it makes for quite nice spare images, and spools of thread in other colours do occasionally make an appearance), messages woven into the cloth in code are central to the plot.

I have been thinking about ways that messages could be incorporated into knitting for some time. So far, I have been focussing on Morse code, but really all sorts of codes could be knit into different garments.

I have been working on a project to create a lace scarf incorporating Morse code, and I will post about that with pictures and codes in general more extensively in a few days.

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Several years ago, when personal computers were still fairly new, I saw a quilt book that had instructions for making a wall hanging using binary code. Of course, only computer geeks could read it, but that was supposed to be part of the charm.

There are a couple of knitting projects (that I know of) on Ravelry that use beads to incorporate words/letters in Braille. Have you seen them? Just thought you might be interested. If you search the “tags” for Braille you’ll find them. One is a scarf with a DNA sequence, and the other is a pair of socks. So great!
Anyway, love your ideas.