Saturday, March 7, 2009

If only i knew how to knit

Well i told HEB this story and she thought i should contribute it to the blog (since i obviously don't contribute any crocheting anymore).

i recently returned from some training and part of it covered tradecraft. As part of the training we looked at a training scenario of a guy known to be involved in espionage activities. As part of the investigation, we searched the guys trash and found some pieces of "evidence"

included among that evidence was a sheet of paper, i wish i had it still but it had a bunch of numbered rows that looked something like: *P2tog, p2, k1, p1, k2, k2tog, rep from * to end; 64 sts rem

now while this may seem obvious to you all, my group and i were convinced this was some sort of coded message. i fully admit that i spent about 5 minutes staring at it trying to break the code convinced in the end that p1 referred to some sort of cipher like the one above kids use and these were travel directions. i think our team's final recommendation was to send the sheet to the NSA. in my defense, it was an intentional red herring and we were set up by the scenario.


Elizabeth said...

Awwwwwwwwwwwwesome. Now I want to create a language based on knitting terms. p2tog=right at the corner! Or, the target will be at work tomorrow.

HEB said...

Thanks for posting this, RJ; I continue to think that it's the best thing I've heard in a long time. Do you know who was on the team that created these training exercises? Is it possible to identify the knitter?

Am happy to give you knitting lessons (along with pattern reading) at any time. Speaking of that, when do you start your crochet lessons?

kzwick said...

RJ - knowing how to knit might not have helped you spot the red herring. I "know" how to knit, but I cannot read patterns, so don't feel bad.

CH said...

This story is incredible, thanks for posting RJ!

Churchma said...

This is an incredible story. I really did LOL.