I’m not a programmer,

But I can appreciate programming language, having fiddled with my blog and the really simple html tags in LiveJournal. Therefore, I think this is most awesome:

KnitML

Essentially, it’s knitting patterns done in an XML-esque language, supposedly designed to be plugged into a program that would read the code and then allow you to alter the pattern based on a person’s size, your own particular knitting gauge, and English to metric conversion. So, for example, if you wanted to knit a sweater for your brother using a bulky yarn of which you had several 300-meter skeins, but the pattern was designed for a woman using 400-yard sport weight skeins, you could, hypothetically, plug in your information and the pattern would alter to fit your specifications. (And I realize that I have just constructed the. Longest. Run-on. Sentence. Ever).

Anyhow. If you go and look at the Basic Sock Pattern, it’s surprisingly easy to understand, if a whole lot dorky. I don’t really know too much about XML outside of the book a friend lent to me (which I flipped through casually maybe two months ago), but I didn’t have a problem with it.

So now, possibly in the dorkiest of dorky mashups, I have found a reason to learn XML, and it is knitting. I probably could have predicted this, but I would not have admitted it before now.

[Link taken from BoingBoing, the most awesomest website ever.]

About HappyGoth

By day, I'm a graphic designer. By night, I'm a knitter. I'm doing my part to keep Hotlanta stylish. I imagine that if you don't already understand the title of the blog, you're probably confused and perhaps slightly annoyed, but never fear - I do have a reason (and it's a good one). Having gone to hear Stephanie Pearl McPhee, and then having been inspired to blog about knitting, I found myself wondering what to call the blog. I recalled a conversation I had with Mouse and the Chicken Goddess about why it is a Bad Idea to anger knitters - this conversation was following SPM, aka the Yarn Harlot telling the assembled throng about Those Who Do Not Understand Knitting and Therefore Belittle It Much to the Chagrin of Others, or TWDNUKTBMCO, which is not the acronym she used but is the one I'm using because I forgot hers - that is, we are numerous and we all have very pointy sticks, easily transforming into an angry mob. Therefore, knitters = angry mob.
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1 Response to I’m not a programmer,

  1. Jonathan says:

    Glad you like the idea so much.

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