Posts tagged ‘knitting software’
The last couple days have been kind of different. As mentioned in my previous post, I got the new intwined studio software package for doing some chart generation. The same day I got my copy of Office:Mac 2011 for handling my final pattern layout design. So it’s been a bit more about getting my software requirements set up and less about designing, knitting, and sizing garments and accessories.
It’s been a blast though. The best part about doing knitwear design is that I can employ lots of different skill sets, but I don’t have to do any of them 100% of the time. I get to do some graphic design both for my website and my patterns, I get to do photography, some web design and development, and occasionally some knitting. 🙂 This is perfect for me, because any one of those things would bore me to tears if that’s all I did every day. But I actually do enjoy perfecting an amateur level of skill in all of them.
I spent yesterday afternoon and this morning creating a Word template for my pattern downloads. This will make the individual pattern design process much simpler. There is already a standard font, color scheme, set of shapes, and layout. All I have to do is create a few text boxes, paste in the pattern instructions, pull in a few photos, tweak the photo layout so that it works with the text, and it’s done. No reinventing the wheel every time I go to do a pattern layout.
I think it turned out really, really cute.
I started working on my third design, but this one is lace, and I needed a sophisticated chart generator. I had sketched out a motif, but I didn’t even want to try to knit a sample off my own handwriting. I had crossed so many things out and scribbled over them, that I knew my knitting would be about as scribbled and hopeless. Time for a new tool.
So I took the plunge and bought Intwined Pattern Studio.
So far I’m quite happy with it. But I’ve only used it for about 10 minutes. I was quite thankful that my new wireless mouse arrived today. My touchpad is great, but when you’re clicking in several hundred little tiny squares, a real mouse is quite a life saver. I’m looking forward to much time saved.