Nov 20, 2014

Code Breaker

You're probably going to laugh at this post, but I just started watching season two of The Bletchley Circle and was suddenly struck by how much the current project I'm knitting is like reading code.  If you're a TBC fan, you may recall that in the opening scene of season one, Susan is reading a knitting pattern while clicking away on her needles.  Of course, that's a hint at her secret past of being a code breaker during WWII.  



As I'm trying really hard to knit down my stash, I pulled out my one skein of The Fibre Company's Road to China in the malachite colorway, my US3 dpns, and cast on for a pair of Nalu fingerless mitts. I'm in the mood for a small'ish project with some teeth to it ~ you know, a bit of chart reading, some simple stockinette, and a thumb turn to add interest.  I started this project at the same time that I began watching season two of TBC and when I got past the cuff ribbing and started on the cable chart, I couldn't help but notice the similarity of me and the Bletchley girls.  Okay, I admit it ... being a code breaker would be one of my dream jobs!  Yeah, I'm that kind of geek.

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  1. Love the color, those are going to be some pretty mitts!

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    1. Thanks, Alicia. This yarn is like buttered kittens and the color is much deeper in real life!

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  2. Definitely feel like I'm reading a code when I work on charted projects…especially when juggles look over your shoulder and have no idea what you're doing!

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    1. I know ... it's like our own little secret!

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  3. I am giggling - only because I watched series 2 of TBC last week!! All 4 episodes in one day. Just couldn't stop :-) I wish there were more episodes!

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    1. I almost did the same but forced myself to leave the fourth episode for the next night so to make the season last longer! ; )

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  4. Wow, your mitts in that yarn are gorgeous! I just might have to acquire some Road to China... And I LOVE The Bletchley Circle - it's probably my favorite of all of the British television shows. I think super-intelligent women are fabulous!

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  5. That colorway reminds me antiques found in an archaeology dig in China. What a neat show you watch. I will have to check that out.

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  6. Must be some cosmic correlation between knitting and certain TV shows - Bletchley Circle is one of my faves too!

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  7. I'm a huge fan of TBC. I think I may actually like Season II better, as it eliminates much of Susans general malaise that sort of depressed me.

    It's funny you're talking about cracking code today, because today a few of us at work were for fun working out a kid's homework problem.

    Getting the pattern to work and getting the code to work as well as breaking it are all very satisfying to me too. Results!

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  8. Those mitts look like they will come very much in handy with all that snow you seem to be having! Lovely pattern. Knitting is our own special code I think!

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  9. Love the mitts already! I am with you Evelyn, as I too am geeky enough to want to be a code breaker. :)

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  10. Wonderful color choice and pattern. TBC sounds like an interesting show. Will have to see if I can get it on Amazon. I can just picture you as a code breaker with knitting needles at the ready for any contingency!

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  11. I've only caught a couple episodes of the first season...but I like the show...and I have some of that yarn..got it at Flying Fingers in Tarrytown, NY...I'm coming into the city the day after Thanksgiving and will probably hit up some yarn shops..

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  12. It's beautiful! Good luck on destashing! =)

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