Thursday, February 16, 2006

Knitting Olympics

I've started my project for the Knitting Olympics! I'm almost to the heel of the socks in the Winter issue of Interweave Knits This is my project for the Olympics, so I hope it comes out well. And what's more, I'm going to be teaching other people how to do these next month. Of course, I'm knitting as a member of Team Simpatico.

Should be lots of fun!

My Tom Thumb Sweater class is in full swing, too. The ladies are doing a great job, and I look forward to showing them finishing next weekend. We'll do mattress stitch, the three-needle bind off and, of course, sewing in ends properly. Then, I'll cut them loose on a sweater of their very own!

I'm thinking of doing a fair-isle mitten or tam in the next couple of months, and maybe an intarsia project, too! I want to repeat the sweater class, but teach how to convert the flat pattern to a round one. I also would like to do a small Aran, to teach cables and charted patterns.

If you have any class ideas, I'd love to hear them!

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Success #1

I had my first bit of excitement today. I now have a kinda working program! I can enter a two color stitch pattern, and save it to disk and restore it. Exciting, huh!

I've decided to start off doing a stitch designer. In particular, I'm starting with color patterns. Now, I've noticed that the stitch designers I've used (you know who you are) use square stitches!

If you look closely at your knitting, you'll see that you stitches aren't square, so designing with square stitches is just asking for trouble.

My local yarn shop has suggested a Texas-themed Fair Isle sweater. I think it's going to be a lot of fun to design, and of course I'll keep y'all posted on my progress.

Talk at ya soon.

Friday, February 03, 2006

Starting Up

I'm a guy, and I'm a knitter. What's more, I'm teaching other people to knit, at my local yarn shop. That's at Simpatico Yarns. Come visit us in Bedford, TX! I'm teaching a sweater class for beginning knitters, and also a glove class.

What really chaps me at the moment is the state of knitting software. I've used a couple of programs and have been disappointed with their user friendliness. So, I'm going to do better. And I'm going to use the teaching to help pay for this.

My day job is as a software engineer doing systems software. That means I don't have much experience in user interfaces, but I still think I can do better than these crazy programs I've found.

I'll keep you posted on how I'm doing.

Stay tuned