Ada Lovelace Illusion by Steve Plummer

Ada Lovelace Illusion

December 2017
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Ada Lovelace (1815 - 1852) was the only legitimate child of the poet Lord Byron. She is regarded by many as the first computer programmer.

She had a great interest in photography and predicted that it would become an important scientific tool. There are only two known photographs of her, dating from around 1843. Photography was very new and many of the photographs of the time were of scientists.

The most famous image of her, which I used as the basis for this illusion, is a portrait by Alfred Edward Chalon painted in 1840 and now in the Science Museum Collection.

When you look directly at the illusion you only see stripes. When you look from the side you see the image. One of the photos is a moving image so you can see how it changes.

The illusion can be knitted in any thickness of yarn. The original is in DK and measures approximately 75 cm x 80 cm (30” x 32”).

Illusion knitting is very easy to do because you are only using one colour at a time to knit stripes.

I usually knit my illusions myself but this one was knitted by Woolhelmina. You can find more details on her project page.