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Hildegard_von_Knittin
01-01-2007, 06:36 PM
On January 6, 1838, the telegraph was first demonstrated by Samuel Morse. Recognize the name?? That's right, Samuel Morse invented morse code!

Since one of the more challenging Wefriddle levels included morse code, I thought it would be interesting to see how we all can use morse code in our knitting.

I found a chart of American Morse Code on Wikipedia (It's at the bottom of this post, or you can go here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Morse_code) to read the whole article). Your challenge is to knit a "message" in your knitting. It can be your name, your KH nickname, the name of the person you're giving your project to (if applicable), "I love yarn" or whatever you want.

There are a few ways you can do this: (that I can think of--post your ideas if you have more!)
1. Use the chart in a st st project (hat, gloves, socks, etc) and think of the black "dots and dashes" just as you would follow a regular knit/purl pattern. For the white blocks, you'd knit on the RS, and purl on the WS. For the black blocks, purl on RS and knit on WS.
2. Use the chart for a double knitting project (check out amy's video here (http://knittinghelp.com/knitting/advanced_techniques/)). I'm going to attempt a bag with this method, but you could do a scarf, hat, etc.

I'm looking forward to seeing how everyone interprets this challenge. Stretch those creative brain cells!!!

Good luck, and happy knitting! xxx

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/a/a1/Amercode.png

Angelia
01-01-2007, 07:29 PM
3. Fair isle!!!

4. Illusion knitting!!!

This is an awesome KAL, Hildie!!! :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy:

Hildegard_von_Knittin
01-01-2007, 07:30 PM
ooo I didn't think about fair isle! Good one Ang!

sara_jayne
01-01-2007, 07:51 PM
Fabulous idea, Hildie!!!!!

mintdee
01-01-2007, 09:31 PM
This is a great Idea! I did this on my little sisters hat a while back. I may join this along as well... put my initials in purl stitches on the scarf that I am knitting or something :teehee:

Here is how i did it. It was super easy.

Angelia
01-01-2007, 09:33 PM
Wow, Sandra!! :notworthy: :notworthy:

Hildegard_von_Knittin
01-01-2007, 10:30 PM
Nice job Minty!!!!! You win for being the first one done, I guess!!! :muah:

DianaM
01-01-2007, 11:01 PM
:muah: I've been meaning to do something like this since I first read Tale of Two Cities!!

Great Idea!!

I might hit Hobby Lobby this week for this!! :cheering:

Jan in CA
01-01-2007, 11:44 PM
Cool idea!

beckyrhae
01-02-2007, 03:08 AM
Wow... hilde... you amaze me. Do you read minds or something?

I've had several scarves designed since I started knitting with morse code on them. Lyrics to favorite songs, band names, ect... I just couldnt figure out how to actually DO IT, Now you have me wanting to rethink these old designs. :cheering:

Rorshach
01-02-2007, 04:49 AM
Heh, could do an SOS. Save Our Stitches :D

Angelia
01-02-2007, 09:22 AM
:roflhard: :roflhard:

Nice one! :thumbsup:

Chel
01-02-2007, 10:28 AM
I'm in!!! Heres the January KHKAL badge!!! Just copy and paste into your signature-then delete the *'s. :)


http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/files/sheep01.gif

joe_doufu
01-02-2007, 02:18 PM
I recall somebody posted about a project with morse code, last winter. I replied to that post with a chart of ASCII codes... the codes of ones and zeros that represent letters to a computer. Instead of short dots and long dots, you'd use 1 and 0, black and white, red and blue, whatever you like, eight "bits" to make each letter of the alphabet.

Hildegard_von_Knittin
01-02-2007, 08:06 PM
Thanks Chel, you rock!!!!!!

Joe that's a cool idea too!

DianaM
01-03-2007, 11:37 AM
This chart creator (http://www.innaz.com/cgi-bin/makechart/makechart.cgi) might help in creating the design for the morse code :happydance:

FearTheSpork
01-03-2007, 10:28 PM
Done!

TeamBettendorf
01-04-2007, 01:02 AM
What does it SAY??? ;)

FearTheSpork
01-04-2007, 07:39 AM
It's R E A D. It's my first time doing anything with two colors, so bear with me, please.

Angelia
01-04-2007, 08:41 AM
:cheering: :cheering: :cheering:

I have the sudden urge to read.... :zombie:


:rofl:

madametj
01-04-2007, 09:10 PM
the chart creator isnt working :pout:

keeps saying it died or something

DianaM
01-04-2007, 10:56 PM
Darn it. I just tried it again and it keeps dying :pout:
It was a good idea while it lasted :verysad:

Chrissie
01-05-2007, 12:13 AM
I've been playing around with some ideas on graph paper. What I like best is an 8 row pattern with each of the letters of my name, vertically - like this
C - - -
H - - - -
R - - -
I - -
S - - -
S - - -
I - -
E -

Then I mirror the design and have the two sections be a repeat. It looks kind of cool....I might try to do it as fair isle on a hat or just as purl bumps with a variegated yarn to be more subtle.

DianaM
01-06-2007, 12:51 PM
:?eyebrow: :? The Char Creater (http://www.innaz.com/cgi-bin/makechart/makechart.cgi) just worked for me.
A server glitch perhaps?

EDIT: I've been playing with the chart creator for a couple days now. It seems to be working fine :happydance:

LADYDINC
01-06-2007, 06:29 PM
OK: Now being a beginner I think I may try a bookmark. I would appreciate any help I can get. I think I have a pretty good idea how to do this but you know the old saying: I get by with a little help from my friend. Maybe a bookmark done in an off white with black letters. I will be using the initals: D L M . Of course garter stitch to make it easy on myself being the first.

HamaLee
01-09-2007, 11:15 PM
Hi! :waving:
I've never done a KAL or challenge before--but I just finished my Morse Code item! I knit a hat this weekend for my friend and put his name on it in Morse Code. Yay!

I posted over in the FO forum, check it out here (http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/viewtopic.php?p=345403#345403)

MiaZilla
01-27-2007, 10:08 PM
I don't have a picture, becuase I'm lazy and I dislike my huge and ancient digicam but I have finished my morse FO :D

I did a washcloth in a Dk weight cotton. Just plain stockinette with a garter border. I 'wrote' my morse code message in purl sts :) One word on every other row on the three middle rows of the washcloth.

What I wrote? This:

-.-- .- --- ..
.. ...
.-.. --- ...- .

See if you can figure it out ;) :roflhard: