Sunday, February 26, 2012

Put Your Pattern on Your Kindle

How to put a pattern on your Kindle so it's easy to read and what do I need on each page?

Here are my three pages I prepared for the Lana Sweater I've just made:

Three pages each one is pasted in separately

I downloaded the .pdf,
then "printed" to onenote.
then select all and ask it to copy to text.
then copy it into a new onenote page.
then set about into editing it into something I can use, different yarn and bigger size, for brushed (shrink when washed) cotton.
I tried making a .pdf directly from one note, but the margin and the font size was too small to read.

After working out what I wanted to do - which is the three pages I've put above, I put each pages into Publisher - I made three pages - then enlarged each section to take up a whole page.
Then made a .pdf
then sent it to my kindle
which was lovely and here it is

One Kindle Page is one page in Publisher/Word no need to magnify

If you don't have publisher, you will need to do your pages in Word - I suggest font size 30+ so it's nice and big. Remember one page in Word/Publisher is one page on the Kindle screen. I do not want to fiddle about with enlarging half of it and missing something, and I want to be able to read it easily.


What does it all mean?
I try to get rid of all redundant information. I write what I understand and what I don't need is the "how tos" that are on the original pattern. I need to know what setting I need on the machine, how many stitches and rows and when to do something.. basically just that... I don't need words like Armhole Shaping, begin neck shaping - transfer stitches to main bed.

I use the row counter = RC000 to tell me that something has changed. I'm beginning a new something.
I'll run through my back notes :

CO 100, 2:2 ind rib, means cast on 100  = R50, L50 - in Industrial ribbing, (11.11.11 etc on both beds) I only count the main bed not the ribber, if there are two T numbers, I'm doing ribbing and I don't care what the number of needles are on the ribber, there are two under each empty needle.
1R T R + R reminds me to change the dials 
90R T3.2 + 3.2, means after casting on, knit 90 rows with 3.2 on both stitch dials
RC000 - always tells me, something's changed and I will put the two ribber stitches onto the single empty needle. I always do this so I can leave out these words too.
T5.1: +1 ev 6R to 120 sts -> RC72.The single T #  tells me I'm on the main bed increasing 1 stitch each end every 6 rows to 120 sts, then knit straight to row counter 72.
RC000 - oh you know what this means!!!
-8sts next 2R, means I've started my armhole shaping and take off 8 stitches the next 2 rows
-1st ea end ev 2R x15 = 80sts means dec 1 sts each end every 2 rows to 80 sts
-> 78RC means knit straight to row counter 78
-9 sts next 4R (S/R) means using short row method, minus 9 sts each end for 4 rows
Take off and I always knit one complete row across all stitches before I do this but I don't need to say it cause I always do it.

There you are then, what I do for me, so when I'm at the machine, I know what setting to use on the machine and when to do what so I can make one of these, for instance:

Lana Sweater before it was washed

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Kindle me Happy

I got a Kindle for Christmas from family, who told me that I could download .pdf files and I could make them from Onenote. I also knew I could make them from Publisher.

The first try was from one note:

... which I couldn't get large enough print, or reduce the margin. Maybe there is a way to do that, but, next I tried from Publisher. One page in Publisher is one page on the Kindle. Perfect!

And here I am making my latest top on Yoko, Lana Sweater in Wild Lavender 8ply Cotton from Bendigo Woollen Mills. Kindly stashed by myself over a year ago.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Chemo Hats and Headband Cast On Comb

My friend called the other day, she was not having a good one. Instead of going to the hairdressers to get her hair dyed a delightful red/brown, she had to get it cut off as great big chunks of it were coming out. Is my friend Lyn worried about the Chemo, radiation or operation.. or even that she has cancer? Nope none of that, her prognosis is excellent - she will be in good health again on the other side of all that - no, no, not my dear friend, she was really down about her hair. So I thought I'd make her some new hat hair until she gets a wig later this month. And here is her happy self, wearing one and clutching the other:

She loves her new hat hair so much she wore it to the clinic for her radiation treatment and they were quite taken with her hair, so I asked her if they would like some at the clinic and they said yes, so last Sunday I made them all in a single line.
And here they are, I had all this stuff in a bag to send to Vinnies, I must be meant to keep it to make hats!!! Who knows? I took three packets to Lauren when I went to London last year, the bright and colourful ones and here are the brown ones. I was going to make trauma teddies - instead I'm making hat hair!! Oh well, as long as it's something!

I haven't had any success with the same single bed cast on I use for the other Singer/Silver Reed machines. e-wrap works, as does the double or knit back e-wrap.

Sandy sent me a make your own cast on bomb thingy like the Brother one, out of bobbypins and while I was at the hair place I saw a wire tooth metal headband that I thought looked very promising. So I bought one. Well it really works well. I threaded a bit of wool scrap through it, but.. I really think some hat elastic like the Bond set up would be even better. Anyways, here is a photo of it at work: