Update 2.1.0 published 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 2.1.0 and follow the prompts.
  4. When prompted be sure to agree to the restart of the software so that the new update is incorporated properly.

Update 2.1.0 implements the following features / fixes the following bug;-

  • When adding a repeat with a qualifier, the number of times that a repeat can be worked can now be specified more than once. For example, it is now possible to have (k2, p2 ) x 7(8,9,10) times. If a stitch count is generated at the end of a row  that includes such a repeat then the stitch count is displayed several times to allow for the repeats.
  • It is now possible to select a repeat or repeats via the Selection menu on the tool bar. There are several options for doing the selection: either all repeats can be selected or only repeats in a selected chart or row(s). A third option is to select a group of stitches and then select the repeat(s) that contain those stitches.
  • Once repeat(s) are selected it is now possible to edit the qualifer associated with them. Qualifers can be added or removed or the number of times that a repeat is worked can be edited. To edit repeats first select them and then Edit > Edit Repeat(s) from the main menu.
  • The help files have been updated to include the new features for selecting and editing Repeats. Minor corrections to the help files have also been made
  • A bug that caused corruption of a file after a custom stitch is used to replace another stitch being deleted from a chart file has been fixed.

 

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Update 2.0.4 published 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 2.0.4 and follow the prompts.
  4. When prompted be sure to agree to the restart of the software so that the new update is incorporated properly.

Update 2.0.4 fixes the following bug;-

  • Updates to preferences not always saved correctly.

 

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Update 2.0.2 published 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 2.0.2 and follow the prompts.
  4. When prompted be sure to agree to the restart of the software so that the new update is incorporated properly.

Update 2.0.2 fixes the following bugs;-

  • Updates to Stitch Library preferences not saved correctly.

 

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Update 2.0.1 published 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 2.0.1 and follow the prompts.
  4. When prompted be sure to agree to the restart of the software so that the new update is incorporated properly.

Update 2.0.1 fixes the following bugs;-

  • After rows and columns have been inserted, the charts and key are rearranged if the preference option ‘ Automatically arrange charts and key’ is selected.
  • When adding a repeat and selecting ‘Add existing border’ the correct border is added to the stitches in the repeat.
  • If the preference option ‘Remember last used folder’ is selected, then the dialog to create new charts is correctly initialised to display the folder that was used the last time that the dialog was displayed.
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Version 2.0 available for the Knitting Chart Editor

Finally! It’s taken me a while but version 2 of the Knitting Chart Editor is now available.

What new features does Version 2 have?

  • Support for multiple stitch libraries and the ability to quickly swap between them. Stitch libraries can also be easily shared across several machines and / or users.
  • Preference options for chart appearance and written instructions are now grouped together into stylesheets. As for stitch libraries, there is support for multiple stylesheets plus the ability to swap and share them.
  • All text that is automatically generated by the software is generated using text templates which are grouped into stylesheets. This allows for great flexibility in the text that can be generated. By combining a custom stitch library with a custom template stylesheets it is possible to use the same chart file to generate versions for multiple languages. So far this has been tested on several European languages including French, German, Swedish and Hungarian.
  • Grid Highlighting. Optional highlighting lines can be added to a chart to make larger charts easier to read. The colour of the highlighting as well as their frequency can all be set.
  • Several editing options for borders have been added so that it is now possible for a border to have any combination of North, South, East and West sides. Borders can also be ‘nudged’ on any side to make sure that adjoining borders to not overlap each other.
  • The default stitch that is used when adding new rows or columns to a chart or when deleting a stitch from a chart can now be chosen by the user. Options include; knit, purl or ‘no stitch’.
  • Colour can now be included in written instructions if desired. This makes it possible to provide full written instructions for fairisle, intarsia, brioche, mosaic, twined or any other technique involving more than 1 colour. Aliases can be set for a colour to abbreviate colour names.
  • Sticky notes can be added to the drawing canvas. These are intended as notes when designing the charts and do not show in the exported image output.
  • The layout of the chart key can now be changed if desired. Layout options now include: a single column, a single row or multiple columns.
  • Several new symbols have been added to the Stitchmastery Dot and Dash fonts embedded in the software. These include decoration symbols for beading and numbers 13-16, knit and purl variants of Brioche Centred Double Decrease, additional increase symbols, new arrow symbols and smaller yarn over symbols.
  • Decoration symbols for elongated stitches have ben added to the Stitchmastery DotCable and DashCable fonts embedded in the software.
  • Several new twisted stitch cable symbols have been added to the Stitchmastery DotCableEH and DashCableEH fonts embedded in Stitchmastery. These include both left and right cross versions of 1/2 and 1/3 cables.
  • In version 1, a problem affected all wide cable symbols and caused them to appear blank when charts were exported. A work around for this problem has been implemented in version 2 and involves using svg images for these symbols instead of font symbols. All wide cable symbols should now show up in exported charts.
  • A side effect of this work around is that these wide cable symbols can now be scaled in two directions at the same time. This is in contrast to font symbols which can only be scaled in a single direction. This has the benefit that cable symbols can now be used in non-square grids and will scale perfectly to fit the grid.
  • Where a chart has several rows that are similar, the written instructions can now be condensed if desired. This option is controlled via a stylesheet.
  • The number of times that a repeat or stitch is worked can now be output in word format rather than as a digit. For example, ‘(k2, p2) three times’ is now possible. This behaviour also works if using non-English stitch libraries and templates, for example as ‘(2 links, 2 rechts) drei mal’.
  • Options as to how to display ‘right side’ and ‘wrong side’ labels on row instructions have been added. Options include: always display, never display, only on first row, only on first occurrence of each type of row.
  • Total stitch counts for a row can now be displayed. Options include: always display, never display, only when different from the previous row / round.
  • Hidden rows can now be ignored when generating written instructions.
  • The capitalisation of the contents of a row / round is now optional.

Version 2 is a free upgrade for all existing customers. Because it is a major change from version 1, it is not possible to update to it using the Update feature. Instead it requires that the existing version (1.11) is uninstalled and then the new
version installed in its place. Instructions on uninstalling and installing are in the Version 2 User Manual here;-

http://www.stitchmastery.com/documentation/KnittingChartEditorManual.pdf

I have updated the Stitchmastery website so that the demo version can be downloaded directly rather than by via an email. The demo version of the software is exactly the same as the full version. Hence
you can download any version of the software that you need by following the links on this page;-

http://www.stitchmastery.com/knitting-chart-editor-win-demo/

Also, if you have a 64 bit machine, it would make sense for you to install the 64 bit version of version 2. For Linux, there has always been a 64 bit version available. This is now extended to both Mac and Windows. The 64 bit version should give you better performance as you will be able to make more use of any extra memory on your machine.

Migrating to version 2 from version 1.

As a result of the new features detailed above, the format of version 2 files has changed. This includes both the chart diagram files and the stitch libraries. On first starting version 2, if you have previously run version 1, you will be prompted to upgrade your version 1 stitch library to the new format for version 2. You can ignore this prompt by pressing Cancel but you will not be able to use custom stitches that you created in version 2 until the stitch library has been upgraded.

The help files contains details of the new file formats (look under Concepts) as well as a tutorial on upgrading files (look under Getting Started).

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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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