Knitting or Crocheting a Secret Code

At a recent scientific meeting of physicists, one of them hosted a meet-up for anyone who knitted, crocheted or other fiber arts. The article (‘Knitting Is Coding’ and Yarn Is Programmable in This Physics Lab) not only highlighted the idea that science and math are in everything but it gave me a couple of interesting story ideas to play with.

Dr. Elisabetta Matsumoto an applied mathematician and physicist at Georgia Tech says that “knitting is coding” and that yarn is a programmable material.

This gave me all kinds of ideas. What if grandma’s new blanket in the nursing home is really a coded message that the daughter, son or grandchild must solve?


What if grandma or grandpa was the secret Godfather-like mastermind all along? Knitting secret coded messages in blankets that they “sell” to suspicious-looking customers. “Grandma, who was that guy?


What if if mom sees the remnants of failed knitting projects only to find out that her son or daughter is part of a secret spy ring knitting coded secrets? This one could be a drama or comedy.

Who wants to talk more about how you can use this in your current or next story?

[Credit: flickr/Susan Dennis]
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