Knitters have to plan ahead. When you are expecting a baby, knitters are expecting a few months to whip up a blanket, booties, and a cardigan. When they want to create unique Christmas gifts, knitters have to start by Halloween. Knitters are the ones working on sweaters in the July heat or socks on an August afternoon. The nip of fall will be here soon enough, and they want to be ready.
The school year may be just ending, but I am planning ahead for back-to-school wear. My son, Zach, goes to school in Boston so I like to send him off with new woolies each year. My collegiate neuroscientist likes his knits with a technology twist. Last year I send him off with a Fibonacci scarf. A what? The Fibonacci sequence of numbers makes a pleasing series to use for strips. (The link will give explain the sequence and give you the numbers.) You can repeat a section of the series for a nice stripe pattern. I knit Zach’s scarf without repeats using the sequence in two alternating colors till the scarf was long enough: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144. Yes, it was a very long scarf. And it was a challenge to stay focused for 144 rows of red!
This year I put on my thinking cap to create another new scarf for cold winter mornings. I came up with a technology twist Zach will enjoy. I knit a QR code into his scarf. A what? QR code stands for Quick Response code. It was first designed for the automotive industry in Japan. The codes embedded information about each vehicle in a factory. Its use has spread. You’ve probably seen these codes used for all kinds of things from product identification to directions to website. And now a scarf from Mom. I found a place online to generate the code I wanted to use: Zach’s Scarf for one side and Love Mom for the other. Here’s the link if you want to play around making up codes of your own.
It may seem strange for me to share such a techie design here on a site where we are always thinking of the simple approach to life. After all the Amish do not have smart phones in their hands all day. And none of them will probably care what a QR code is—much less need to create one. But I know every member of the Amish community will understand caring for family and wrapping loved ones in warmth. We arrive at the same end by very different means. But keeping loved ones in our hearts is a trait we can all share.
My QR-key scarf pattern is featured on knitty.com starting this month. I am sharing this pattern with the hope lots of loved ones will get wrapped in something special. I also am running a giveaway on my website so you can win the black and white yarn you’ll need to start your own QR-key scarf. Add some stash yarn, and you are well on your way to wrapping someone you love with warmth.