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« on: June 14, 2004 07:31:21 AM »


I finished the requested birthday present for my friend's GF - I think I will never do anything on a short-term deadline, particularly when I make the mistake of using teeny yarn and size 3 needles. I'm very happy that she's an extra-small, or I might have slit my wrists out of boredom when doing the back & sleeves. I did get to finally give Addi Turbos a try, and I can see the appeal, once you get the hang of them. Nice!

But she was jazzed, so all is well, and now I get my Moai for my front yard Smiley This was based on a Skully sweater variation I made for myself from a chart I cobbled together from a piece by one of my favorite artists, and then varied again for the recipient's taste in clothing. I think it was all worth it in the end! If she permits, I'll put up a picture of her wearing it.

Here it is:

« Last Edit: October 20, 2011 04:18:14 PM by jungrrl - Reason: changed non-working images to links. » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2004 07:51:30 AM »

Oh.  My.  I think I am in love with that sweater. 
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2004 07:51:34 AM »

Truly fabulous sweater!!! Any chance you'd be willing to share the intarsia chart (assuming no copyright issues, of course)?  Pretty please?

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« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2004 09:55:44 AM »

I took the image I wanted (http://www.stickergiant.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=esh037), and tweaked the angles just a little bit, and then slapped a 3/4 table over it & made the chart, so I'm pretty sure the intarsia pattern would fall squarely into copyright infringement if I posted it...

But that said, I've found that the best way for me to make a chart is to use a blank Excel spreadsheet with the cell sizes locked to the right proportion, and then take the image I want in the size I want and make it the background of the sheet. I use the fill tool to block out the cells in the different colors till the whole thing is about right. I dump the image out of the background to make sure I've filled in every cell, and then fiddle the individual cells till it looks right when I stand far away from my computer and squint.

I've also just printed out a blank chart (you can find them all over the web), and put it over the picture, and used highlighters to color in the blocks. That's actually more fun Smiley
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2004 11:15:52 AM »

That's the coolest!  and what a great idea to create your intarsia patterns using excel.  What cell dimensions work best for you?
« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2004 11:31:22 AM »

AMAZING!You are truly a talented knitter!  This sweater looks professional!  I guarantee that the recipient will be getting loads of compliments and the famous "where did you get that sweater" question!!  And she gets to say....YOU made it for her!   Awesome!       ~M

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« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2004 12:29:08 PM »

Yes, what cell dimensions do you use to create intarsia patterns in Excel?  I know they should be wider than they are tall right? 

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« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2004 01:54:49 PM »

I used Row height 12, which is 16 pixels, and Column width 2.43, which is, go figure, 22 pixels (Excel baffles me).
Approximately a 3x4 ratio, and you can drag the cell sizes out to any size (select-all first), and that way you can adjust for stitch size and/or image size as long as you keep that 3x4 ratio.

And thanks for all the compliments! I got a phone and two emails from her about how happy she was, so it was worth it all after all Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: June 14, 2004 02:28:33 PM »

Great job!  I love the three skulls!!  Much better than just one.

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« Reply #9 on: June 14, 2004 09:27:31 PM »

That sweater is so much fun! I'd love to see it worn, just to tell what the neckline is like.

When I draw charts, I use the proportions from my gauge swatch.

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