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« on: March 03, 2006 08:26:25 PM »

I love charting out images by hand...usually complicated-looking photos...they look so neato all knitted up  Smiley

My problem is that I hate having to print out knitter's graph paper, one sheet at a time, off my computer.

I want a notebook of it...a real, tangible, bound notebook of KGP...just like the notebooks of regular graph paper.  (I'm emotionally tied to things like books...printing out a sheet from an intangible file just feels so false and impermanent.) 

Has anyone ever seen a knitter's graph paper notebook?  Is this something I can find at a LYS?  (I've only ever been into a yarn shop once...I'm kinda poor and it's just way too much temptation.)  Am I just a crazy person for preferring a notebook to my computer?

I really want a book of knitter's graph paper. Really, really...

Suggestions, anyone?
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« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2006 09:00:50 PM »

What about taking your sheet of Knitter's graph paper to the printer to be copied and bound?  It might be worth it to call and ask about pricing.  THen you can decide if you want tear off sheets, or with a border so they can be three hole punched, or what have you.

http://www.schoolhousepress.com/tools.htm has a knitter's notebook of 30 pages - each is backed by KGP.

http://www.fourseasonsknitting.com/asp/product.asp?recorprod=1&product=8&cat=53&ph=&keywords=&recor=&SearchFor=&PT_ID=

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« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2006 09:27:15 PM »

I suggest making copies as well.  I generally have to resize the graph paper to fit all the squares I want, let alone adjusting it to match my gauge.  It's just not worth it buying a book of graph paper which wouldn't always be appropriate.  That said, while I've never seen books of graph paper in a yarn shop, you might try stores which carry drafting supplies and such.  There's all sorts of graph papers out there.
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« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2006 09:59:39 PM »

Thanks for the quick replies  Smiley

The Four Seasons' pack of paper comes with a transparent sheet with the graph on it.  It's a really good idea; I may see if a copy place will make me an overhead-type transparency of the size graph I use the most.  That would be very convenient.

I've never had to do any graph resizing...I chart images and then design around them.

I've thought about drafting supplies.  I'll have to remember to look up what's available in my area.  Hopefully there's a good supplier somewhere nearby - we're a college town so somebody somewhere has to sell that sort of thing.

Looking into getting it bound could be interesting...definitely something I'll have to do.  Of course, if I was the type of person with a lot more patience, I'd bind it myself  Tongue
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« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2006 10:16:25 PM »

I work up intarsia and Fair Isle charts in photoshop elements.  I only chart lace by hand, so it's easier to get pdfs of graph paper to my gauge and just resize the image directly on the paper and print it out.  Much quicker and easier than doing it by hand.  With lace, chart gauge doesn't really matter since it looks nothing like the FO anyway!
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« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2006 10:44:26 PM »

I don't have photoshop.  Besides, I've been a sketcher/drawer/painter my whole life...I enjoy the physical act of doing my graphs by hand.

And I've yet to work out the correct way to read a lace chart.  I prefer the written instructions for that.
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« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2006 11:18:22 PM »

The Four Seasons' pack of paper comes with a transparent sheet with the graph on it.  It's a really good idea; I may see if a copy place will make me an overhead-type transparency of the size graph I use the most.  That would be very convenient.

If you're using an inkjet printer, you can buy transparency paper at an office supply store (If you're a poor student like so many of us, you can probably talk someone who has a presentation/public speaking assignment coming up to go in on the transparencies with you Wink).  As long as you remember to print on the correct side, they come out looking very sharp - sharp enough that you can do working magic eye pictures on them (What can I say, I always enjoyed making my classmates go cross-eyed. )
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