Yes, we all know that knitting can be rescue therapy when things go wrong in this world; but this is about another approach to knitting. My friend sent me a link to a video of a woman who is trying to show the historical and cultural significance of the binary system. Here it is
A binary situation is when you have 2 choices. One example used in the video is Morse Code where you have a choice of either a short signal (dot) or a long signal (dash) and combinations of these create communication. Are you still with me?
Another example used is knitting where she suggests that you have 2 choices as well - one is the knit stitch and the other is the purl stitch and combinations of these create a pattern - in this case the SOS sweater.
I did not leave a comment to suggest that her theory falls apart when you start knitting lace because you have more than just 2 choices.
Anyway, it's an interesting concept. It didn't make the binary concept applied to a computer any easier to understand - well maybe just a little and it raised the profile of knitting to the level of mathematics. Hmmm, maybe that's why so many computer and math people knit.
Have a calculating day!!