New video

A new Stitchmastery videos have just been uploaded to YouTube.

Change the fonts in a chart / Ändern Sie die Schriftarten in einem Diagramm / Changez les polices dans un diagramme

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New Stitchmastery videos posted

Two new Stitchmastery videos have just been uploaded to YouTube.

The videos have been created as short snippets of a single topic. They have been designed so that their message is clear without the need for audio thus making them accessible for speakers of all languages. Titles are provided in English, French and German.

New videos will be added regularly. If you have a suggestion for a video that you would find useful please let us know. Perhaps there is a feature or ‘trick’ for creating the perfect chart that you think that other users can benefit from? Email to info@stitchmastery.com to let us know.

Videos

Create a simple chart / Machen Sie eine einfaches Diagramm / Faire un diagramme simple

Change the font used for a stitch / Ändern Sie die Schriftarten für Stiche / Changez les polices utilisées pour les points

Deux nouvelles vidéos de Stitchmastery viennent d’être téléchargés sur YouTube.

Les vidéos ont été créées dans de courts extraits d’un même sujet. Ils ont été conçus de sorte que leur message est clair, sans la nécessité d’audio rendant ainsi accessible pour les locuteurs de toutes les langues. Les titres sont offerts en anglais, français et allemand.

De nouvelles vidéos seront ajoutées régulièrement. Si vous avez une suggestion pour une vidéo que vous trouveriez utile s’il vous plaît laissez-nous savoir. Peut-être il ya une fonction ou «truc» pour créer le diagramme parfaite que vous pensez que d’autres utilisateurs puissent bénéficier? Envoyer à info@stitchmastery.com à nous le faire savoir.

Zwei neue Videos habe gerade auf YouTube hochgeladen.

Die Videos wurden als kurze Ausschnitte aus einem einzigen Thema wurde erstellt. Sie wurden, so dass ihre Botschaft ist klar, ohne die Notwendigkeit für Audio ausgelegt ist. Das macht sie zugänglich für Sprecher aller Sprachen. Die Titel sind in Englisch, Französisch und Deutsch zur Verfügung gestellt.

Neue Videos werden regelmäßig hinzugefügt werden. Wenn Sie einen Vorschlag für ein Video, dass Sie nützlich finden, kontaktieren Sie uns. Vielleicht gibt es eine Funktion oder “Trick” für die perfekte Diagramm, das Sie denken, dass andere Benutzer profitieren können? E-Mail an info@stitchmastery.com uns wissen zu lassen.

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Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2013

So excited was I by the prospect of the first ever Edinburgh Yarn Festival that I hardly slept the night before. I was up before 6am ready for Mica to collect me at 6.30. Once at the Drill Hill in Leith (Leithers will tell you that this is Leith NOT Edinburgh but most everybody else ignores them) we were joined by an army of volunteers ready to welcome the stallholders.

Volunteers Sigi and Liz ready to help stallholders  at 7am

Volunteers Sigi and Liz ready to help stallholders at 7am

 

A well organised team of volunteers were waiting to greet stallholders and help them to unpack vehicles and move everything inside. With over 40 stallholders and very little parking directly outside the venue (but plenty elsewhere) a military-style operation was needed to move what felt like a few tons of yarn, books and equipment safely into the hall.

 

Volunteers relaxing before the event starts.

Volunteers relaxing before the event starts - please forgive them. By this point they have already spent two hours moving lots of yarn.

A couple of hours later all the stallholders had arrived and were busily setting up. The Drill Hall cafe had opened and were serving coffee! Time for the team of meet and greet volunteers to relax and get out their knitting… as you do…

Thanks to a sneaky early purchase (thank you Textile Garden for letting me do this whilst you were still setting up!) I was able to sew buttons onto my just blocked Levenwick.

The 10am queue for Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2013.

The 10am queue for Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2013. This is just the visible part of the queue from inside the building.

However, Edinburgh Yarn Festival volunteers were not allowed to relax for long as we were soon alerted to the fact that a rather long queue was building up at the entrance..

There was a short time spent photographing newly set up stalls and saying hello to friends, many of whom had stalls of their own.

 

Helen Lockhart and friend (sorry I did not get a chance to get your name!) of Ripples Crafts.

Helen Lockhart and friend (sorry I did not get a chance to get your name!) of Ripples Crafts.

There was Helen of Ripples Crafts who traveled down from the North-West coast of Scotland.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jane Watling of Caleydocious with Owen bear kits.

Jane Watling of Caleydocious with Owen bear kits.

 

Jane of Caleydocious adding the finishing touches to an Owen bear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Verena and Fiona of Team YarnPony.

Verena and Fiona of Team YarnPony.

Verena and Fiona who formed 50% of Team YarnPony.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ysolda tinkering with computers and photographic equipment.
Ysolda tinkering with computers and photographic equipment.

Ysolda, who supplied a photo booth as well as selling some of her great designs. I bought the first of her books and the latest pattern, ‘Blank Canvas’ released publicly on the day…

 

 

 

 

 

Oliver Brewer of the Seamans Church Institute.

Oliver Brewer of the Seamans Church Institute who are looking for volunteers to knit woolly hats for mariners.

Finally there was time to chat with Oliver Brewer of the Seaman’s Church Institute and find out about their knitting programme which provides mush appreciated warm hats for mariners.

 

 

 

 

 

Then came the call. Nearly 10am! To your positions everyone! I was assigned to the Edinburgh Yarn Festival stall, selling bags, mugs and badges and collecting entries for the free prize draw. It seemed quiet at first but soon the length of the queue outside the hall became obvious. There was no time to take any photos for several hours as it was all hands to the deck.

Queuing for Edinburgh Yarn Festival.

Queuing for Edinburgh Yarn Festival.

The catering staff in the cafe did a superb job of feeding hundreds of knitters but there was still a 30 minute queue (at least) for service so I raced out to the local bakery for sustenance. This was well after 1pm and probably nearer 2pm, so at least 3 hours after the doors had opened. However there was still a queue!! Judging from the hordes inside the venue, the volunteers at the front desk were working hard to welcome visitors as quickly as possible. It must mean that the great publicity put into place for this event was working very well indeed.

 

 

Busy inside the venue during a 'relatively quiet' period.

Busy inside the venue during a 'relatively quiet' period.

A little later, as things were slightly quieter, I did get an opportunity to photograph the crowds in the venue. This would have been between 3-4pm. To say that the organisers and volunteers were in a state of shock at the numbers would be an understatement. Volunteering on the Edinburgh Yarn Festival stall gave me a unique insight into the demographics of the visitors. I spoke with many who had never heard of Ravelry, did not know any other knitters and had simply seen a poster in their local shop or library. They were also many who did not use the internet and had found out about the event from articles in knitting magazines. I spoke with people who had traveled from Kirkintilloch, Airdrie, Dundee, Inverness and Aberdeen simply to attend this knitting event.

Edinburgh Yarn Festival banner

Edinburgh Yarn Festival banner. Here's to seeing more of it!

 

When asked if they would attend a similar event in the future, there was not a single dissenting voice. Edinburgh Yarn Festival organisers, I hope that you’re listening!!

 

 

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Edinburgh Yarn Festival is nearly here!

There is mounting excitement amongst knitters and spinners here in Edinburgh. We are accustomed to Festivals in Edinburgh. There is the famous International Festival in August, the International Science Festival, the Book Festival, Film Festival, Storytelling Festival and so on.. Now we have a Yarn Festival! The inaugural event of the Edinburgh Yarn Festival takes place on Saturday 16th March so let’s look at the reasons for coming.

First of all, Edinburgh is a beautiful city. I have been fortunate to call it home for more than 20 years and still enjoy being here. If you are traveling from outside Edinburgh for the Yarn Fest, there is plenty to make to trip worthwhile for a long weekend. There is the history and architecture of the Old and New Town areas, world class art galleries and museums, Edinburgh Castle, pandas at the zoo, extinct volcanoes in the very centre of the city (Castle Rock and Arthur’s Seat). It’s a little snowy today. This is the view from my office window showing a desolate Arthur’s Seat. But do not let the weather put you off coming. The forecast for the latter half of the week and weekend is for sunshine and, even today, the blue sky has been making rare appearances. Check out the forum posts in the Edinburgh Yarn Festival’s group on Ravelry for ideas for accommodation, places to eat and visit.

So what of the Yarn Festival? There will be Yarn. Lots of Yarn. At the last count, there were 35 stall holders in the Market place. Many of them are either yarn producers or yarn dyers. Many of them are also local to Scotland so this is your opportunity to come to see and feel some gorgeous yarns and meet those responsible for it. I’m particularly keen to meet the owners of The Border Mill. Based in the Scottish Borders, not only do they have a small flock of alpacas but they have purchased and installed their own processing mill so that they can process fleeces for others. They also have the cutest line drawings of alpacas on their site and a wonderfully illustrated story of the fleece processing process.

I’m also looking forward to seeing the latest yarns from Ripplescrafts, The Yarn Yard, Old Maiden Aunt, Shilasdair and YarnPony who are all independent dyers of gorgeous yarns based in Scotland.

As well as yarn, there are also other products from buttons to spinning wheels and looms. Having just finished knitting a sweater using the pattern Levenwick, I will be heading first to Textile Gardens stall for buttons.closeup of pocket details of Levenwick sweater

Many designers will also be in the Marketplace including Edinburgh-based Ysolda Teague, Jane Watling of Caleydocious and Emily Wessel of Tincanknits.

The Edinburgh Yarn Festival also features classes by some talented teachers. Places sold out within a few hours though but, if really want a place, there is a waiting list. You never know…

As a sponsor of the event, I will be there. After having made a few purchases (buttons and yarn are on my list), I shall repair to the cafe. I will have a laptop with me and a copy of the popular StitchMastery charting software. If you would like to know more about the software or would just like to play with it, please come to find me! I shall be wearing the Levenwick sweater pictured above, after having sewn on its buttons. I will also have a large Edinburgh Yarn Fest badge with my Ravelry username – FunkyOrange.  I am also in the midst of writing knitting software for mobile phones and tablets – currently iOS and Android so, if you are looking for software to help you with knitting, please come to speak with me.

 

 

http://www.ravelry.com/stores/caleydocious
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Update 1.11.0 available for the Knitting Chart Editor

An update for the Knitting Chart Editor is now available. To install this update;- 

  1. Start up the Knitting Chart Editor.
  2. Select Tools > Install updates from the main menu.
  3. The software checks for available updates and shows a dialog box listing the available updates. Select version 1.11.0 and follow the prompts.
  4. When prompted about certificates, select the Eclipse certificate and reply ok. All of the software code is ‘digitally signed’ to show that the software has not been tampered with. The certificates are either from The Eclipse Foundation (www.eclipse.org) or Cathy Scott of StitchMastery (www.stitchmastery.com).There may be a warning that there is an unsigned feature called com.stitchmastery.chartEditor.feature. This warning is nothing to worry about and can be safely ignored as all of the contents of the feature have been signed. The StitchMastery Knitting Chart Editor is composed of a collection of ‘plug-ins’. A ‘feature’ is a subset of those plugins. The feature mentioned is the set of all plugins that contain code specific to the Knitting Chart Editor. All of the plugins in the software, including those in the com.stitchmastery.chartEditor.feature have been ‘digitally signed’ so that you can be sure that they contain authentic code that has not been tampered with since signing.To verify the signatures of the installed code;-
    1. Select Tools > About Knitting Chart Editor from the main menu. The ‘About Knitting Chart Editor dialog’ opens.
    2. Select ‘Installation Details’. The ‘Knitting Chart Editor Installation Details dialog’ opens.
    3. Select the Plug-ins tab.
    4. Select ‘Show Signing Info’.
  5. When prompted be sure to agree to the restart of the software so that the new update is incorporated properly.

Update 1.11.0 fixed the following bugs / added the following features;-

  • Made it easier to remove and place repeats. Previously these commands were only enabled when stitches were selected. Now if one or more rows or charts are selected, the command applies to all of the stitches / repeats in the selected row(s) or chart(s). If nothing is selected, then the selection applies to all of the stitches / repeats in all of the charts.
  • Added a preference to disable the inclusion of repeats when copying a group of stitches. By default, repeats are always included in a repeat if all the stitches inside a repeat are selected. There are occasions when it is desirable to copy the stitches but to not include the repeats. An example would be when there is a stitch pattern inside a repeat that needs to be copied and adapted for a side panel where three is no repeat. The preference setting can be found in Preferences and is labelled ‘Do not copy repeats when copying stitches’.
  • The maximum number of columns that a wide stitch can use has been increased from 20 to 50. If you have  a need to chart a stitch that takes up more than 50 columns, please let me know, but hopefully that maximum limit should now suffice!
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Update 1.10.1 available for the Knitting Chart Editor

An update for the Knitting Chart Editor is now available.

To install this update;-

  1. Start up the Knitting Chart Editor.
  2. Select Tools > Install updates from the main menu.
  3. The software checks for available updates and shows a dialog box listing the available updates. Select version 1.10.1 and follow the prompts.
  4. When prompted about certificates, select the Eclipse certificate and reply ok. All of the software code is ‘digitally signed’ to show that the software has not been tampered with. The certificates are either from The Eclipse Foundation (www.eclipse.org) or Cathy Scott of StitchMastery (www.stitchmastery.com).There may be a warning that there is an unsigned feature called com.stitchmastery.chartEditor.feature. This warning is nothing to worry about and can be safely ignored as all of the contents of the feature have been signed. The StitchMastery Knitting Chart Editor is composed of a collection of ‘plug-ins’. A ‘feature’ is a subset of those plugins. The feature mentioned is the set of all plugins that contain code specific to the Knitting Chart Editor. All of the plugins in the software, including those in the com.stitchmastery.chartEditor.feature have been ‘digitally signed’ so that you can be sure that they contain authentic code that has not been tampered with since signing.To verify the signatures of the installed code;-
    1. Select Tools > About Knitting Chart Editor from the main menu. The ‘About Knitting Chart Editor dialog’ opens.
    2. Select ‘Installation Details’. The ‘Knitting Chart Editor Installation Details dialog’ opens.
    3. Select the Plug-ins tab.
    4. Select ‘Show Signing Info’.
  5. When prompted be sure to agree to the restart of the software so that the new update is incorporated properly.

Update 1.10.1 fixed the following bugs;-

  • Fixed a bug that caused chart corruption when adding repeats.
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Update 1.10.0 available for the Knitting Chart Editor

An update for the Knitting Chart Editor is now available.

To install this update;-

  1. Start up the Knitting Chart Editor.
  2. Select Tools > Install updates from the main menu.
  3. The software checks for available updates and shows a dialog box listing the available updates. Select version 1.10.0 and follow the prompts.
  4. When prompted about certificates, select the Eclipse certificate and reply ok. All of the software code is ‘digitally signed’ to show that the software has not been tampered with. The certificates are either from The Eclipse Foundation (www.eclipse.org) or Cathy Scott of StitchMastery (www.stitchmastery.com).There may be a warning that there is an unsigned feature called com.stitchmastery.chartEditor.feature. This warning is nothing to worry about and can be safely ignored as all of the contents of the feature have been signed. The StitchMastery Knitting Chart Editor is composed of a collection of ‘plug-ins’. A ‘feature’ is a subset of those plugins. The feature mentioned is the set of all plugins that contain code specific to the Knitting Chart Editor. All of the plugins in the software, including those in the com.stitchmastery.chartEditor.feature have been ‘digitally signed’ so that you can be sure that they contain authentic code that has not been tampered with since signing.To verify the signatures of the installed code;-
    1. Select Tools > About Knitting Chart Editor from the main menu. The ‘About Knitting Chart Editor dialog’ opens.
    2. Select ‘Installation Details’. The ‘Knitting Chart Editor Installation Details dialog’ opens.
    3. Select the Plug-ins tab.
    4. Select ‘Show Signing Info’.
  5. When prompted be sure to agree to the restart of the software so that the new update is incorporated properly.

Update 1.10.0 fixed the following bugs / added the following features;-

  • Added support for exporting chart and key images in landscape mode. To access this feature, select the appropriate Rotation value in the Export to Image dialog. A value of None means that the image is not rotated. Values of 90 degrees clockwise and 90 degrees anti-clockwise will rotate the image to either right or left into landscape mode.
  • Added a shortcut for ‘deleting’ a stitch where a right hand mouse button is available. This is disabled by default but can be enabled by setting the preference value. See Tools > Preferences > Knitting Chart Editor and then check Enable stitch delete with right mouse click. ‘Deleting’ a stitch does not really delete it but instead ‘resets’ it to the default stitch, that is a knit stitch with no colour.
  • Fixed a bug that caused vertical clipping of chart and key titles.
  • Fixed a bug that meant that vertical mirroring did not work when the stitches were inside a repeat.
  • Fixed a bug that caused corrupt stitches if copy and pasting custom stitches from one chart file to another.
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Update 1.9.2 available for the Knitting Chart Editor

An update for the Knitting Chart Editor is now available.

To install this update;-

  1. Start up the Knitting Chart Editor.
  2. Select Tools > Install updates from the main menu.
  3. The software checks for available updates and shows a dialog box listing the available updates. Select version 1.9.2 and follow the prompts.
  4. When prompted about certificates, select the Eclipse certificate and reply ok. All of the software code is ‘digitally signed’ to show that the software has not been tampered with. The certificates are either from The Eclipse Foundation (www.eclipse.org) or Cathy Scott of StitchMastery (www.stitchmastery.com).There may be a warning that there is an unsigned feature called com.stitchmastery.chartEditor.feature. This warning is nothing to worry about and can be safely ignored as all of the contents of the feature have been signed. The StitchMastery Knitting Chart Editor is composed of a collection of ‘plug-ins’. A ‘feature’ is a subset of those plugins. The feature mentioned is the set of all plugins that contain code specific to the Knitting Chart Editor. All of the plugins in the software, including those in the com.stitchmastery.chartEditor.feature have been ‘digitally signed’ so that you can be sure that they contain authentic code that has not been tampered with since signing.To verify the signatures of the installed code;-
    1. Select Tools > About Knitting Chart Editor from the main menu. The ‘About Knitting Chart Editor dialog’ opens.
    2. Select ‘Installation Details’. The ‘Knitting Chart Editor Installation Details dialog’ opens.
    3. Select the Plug-ins tab.
    4. Select ‘Show Signing Info’.
  5. When prompted be sure to agree to the restart of the software so that the new update is incorporated properly.

Update 1.9.2 fixed the following bugs;-

  • Fixed a bug that meant that ‘weird’ borders were created.
  • Fixed a bug that meant, in certain circumstances, very slow drawing of borders.

Update 1.9.1 (included in 1.9.2) fixed the following bugs ;-

  • Fixed a bug that meant that borders were not included in exported images.
  • Fixed a bug that meant lots of unnecessary border lines when wrong side rows were hidden.
  • Fixed a bug that meant that select and drawing tools did not work after a border was added.
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Update 1.9.0 available for the Knitting Chart Editor

An update for the Knitting Chart Editor is now available.

To install this update;-

  1. Start up the Knitting Chart Editor.
  2. Select Tools > Install updates from the main menu.
  3. The software checks for available updates and shows a dialog box listing the available updates. Select version 1.9.0 and follow the prompts.
  4. When prompted about certificates, select the Eclipse certificate and reply ok. All of the software code is ‘digitally signed’ to show that the software has not been tampered with. The certificates are either from The Eclipse Foundation (www.eclipse.org) or Cathy Scott of StitchMastery (www.stitchmastery.com).There may be a warning that there is an unsigned feature called com.stitchmastery.chartEditor.feature. This warning is nothing to worry about and can be safely ignored as all of the contents of the feature have been signed. The StitchMastery Knitting Chart Editor is composed of a collection of ‘plug-ins’. A ‘feature’ is a subset of those plugins. The feature mentioned is the set of all plugins that contain code specific to the Knitting Chart Editor. All of the plugins in the software, including those in the com.stitchmastery.chartEditor.feature have been ‘digitally signed’ so that you can be sure that they contain authentic code that has not been tampered with since signing.To verify the signatures of the installed code;-
    1. Select Tools > About Knitting Chart Editor from the main menu. The ‘About Knitting Chart Editor dialog’ opens.
    2. Select ‘Installation Details’. The ‘Knitting Chart Editor Installation Details dialog’ opens.
    3. Select the Plug-ins tab.
    4. Select ‘Show Signing Info’.
  5. When prompted be sure to agree to the restart of the software so that the new update is incorporated properly.

Update 1.9.0 fixed the following bugs / added the following features;-

  • Added support for changing the width of borders. To access this feature, select a border entry in the key and then select Border > Edit Border Properties.
  • Added templates for key entries so that users can customize the format of key entries. This feature is accessed via Preferences > Knitting Chart Editor > Written Instructions.
  • Fixed a bug that caused intermittent issues with stitch selection.
  • Fixed a bug so that the ‘Stitch symbol color automatically contrasts with background color’ feature works.
  • Updates to the Help files and User Manual.
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Update 1.8.0 available for Knitting Chart Editor

An update for the Knitting Chart Editor is now available.

To install this update;-

  1. Start up the Knitting Chart Editor.
  2. Select Tools > Install updates from the main menu.
  3. The software checks for available updates and shows a dialog box listing the available updates. Select version 1.8.0 and follow the prompts.
  4. When prompted about certificates, select the Eclipse certificate and reply ok. All of the software code is ‘digitally signed’ to show that the software has not been tampered with. The certificates are either from The Eclipse Foundation (www.eclipse.org) or Cathy Scott of StitchMastery (www.stitchmastery.com).There may be a warning that there is an unsigned feature called com.stitchmastery.chartEditor.feature. This warning is nothing to worry about and can be safely ignored as all of the contents of the feature have been signed. The StitchMastery Knitting Chart Editor is composed of a collection of ‘plug-ins’. A ‘feature’ is a subset of those plugins. The feature mentioned is the set of all plugins that contain code specific to the Knitting Chart Editor. All of the plugins in the software, including those in the com.stitchmastery.chartEditor.feature have been ‘digitally signed’ so that you can be sure that they contain authentic code that has not been tampered with since signing.To verify the signatures of the installed code;-
    1. Select Tools > About Knitting Chart Editor from the main menu. The ‘About Knitting Chart Editor dialog’ opens.
    2. Select ‘Installation Details’. The ‘Knitting Chart Editor Installation Details dialog’ opens.
    3. Select the Plug-ins tab.
    4. Select ‘Show Signing Info’.
  5. When prompted be sure to agree to the restart of the software so that the new update is incorporated properly.

Update 1.8.0 fixed the following bugs / added the following features;-

  • Added support for Mosaic charts which alternate two right side rows and two wrong side rows.
  • Enabled direct editing of the row and column labels.
  • Fixed a bug so that multiple lines can be selected when wrong side rows are hidden.
  • Fixed a bug that caused multiple key entries when copying sections of a chart into a chart in a different chart diagram file.
  • Updates to the Help files and User Manual.
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