The pictured gloves are potential submissions for the QR-3D exhibition which could be exhibited at The Cornerhouse, Manchester later on this year. The pieces are based on the Sanquhar traditional knitting and combine QR (quick response) bar codes.
In Sanquhar style, the main body of the glove is covered in motifs worked over 11 stitches and 11 rows and incorporate personalised wrist bands and the characteristic finger gussets. The motif has been designed to complement the angular lines within the bar code and not traditional.
The quick response code for this blog was created using an on-line bar code generator. There are many code generators and bar code readers available and they are relatively simple to use. Google chrome, which I generally use, has an extension that will turn any web page into QR. The bar code and glove pattern was charted in Excel to avoid reading extensive sets of abbreviation.
Although both bar codes point to this blog they are not identical. One represents the URL shortened in Bit.ly. This bar code is slightly smaller.
Regrettably the codes cannot be read by the reader on my phone. Various suggestions have been given. A contact on Ravelry has suggested that even if the bar code is square, the individual stitches are not, they are small v shaped elements and may not be able to be read. This seems plausible. My feeling though it is the yarn. Under magnification a clear halo is visible and this gives a fuzzy image and a step too far for the reader. Greater error correction facilities are required for this code to be read. On a more positive note the charted pattern can be read with no problem at all. The charts will be added in due course.
The pieces are presented as 21st Century Sanquhar. Whilst the traditional Sanquhar knitter might not whole heartedly approve it is designed to celebrate the expertise and skill of past generations and adapted to incorporate current technologies and lifestyle. The pieces have been called sanQR.