Tuesday, 20 January 2009
Friday, 16 January 2009
- The lining is the strength of the bag, until a lining is found and inserted the bag is unusable, or you'll quickly find it stretching where it shouldn't be. This is why alish and candlestick were in my wip basket for so long, no lining.
So, nerys has been unravelled, and my next project is going to be a more practical home for the lovely blue Rowan Big Wool. I found a pair of grey corduroy trousers my mum bought me years ago, which don't really fit and I've been dying to cut up. My plan is to combine the two to create a sturdy satchel, the true workhorse of the urban bag.
I've solved the problem of the chart of the Surprise; the chart is on squared paper, so a square with 22 stitches has 22 rows, whereas my tension will mean a square with 22 stitches has 30 rows. So I simply need to put those 8 rows into the chart, i.e. lengthen the chart by 8 rows for every 22 rows so that when knitted the image isn't squashed down, but is in proportion. My chart has 120 rows, so I need to add 44 rows. I plan to add these evenly spaced throughout the chart, and simply duplicate the row below. This means that I just need to mark on the chart with a pencil line where the extra rows will go, and I don't need to redraw the entire thing, huzzay! (I hope!).
Edited to add: I've decided not to put the pattern for nerys on ravelry, since I unravelled it it hardly seems fair. I hate saying I'm going to do something and then backing out, sorry! But if you are brave and want to try the pattern (maybe in a less bulky wool?) feel free to email me for the instructions and chart.
Monday, 12 January 2009
Johanna, your comment on my previous post...
"Just thought I'd mention that stitches tend to be wider than high (like you said your tension is 22 sts and 30 rows across a 4" square), so if you are drawing this on regular graph paper, it will come out slightly wider i.e. a bit squashed when knitted. Shouldn't really make a big difference for a boat, but if you want it to be in proportion, try stretching the image file by about 30-40% in height, then print on regular graph paper."
Hell and death! You're absolutely right, excuse me while I go and weep in a dark corner...
Back soon with some sort of cunning plan to avoid completely re-graphing the image.
Friday, 9 January 2009
January project; Haven by Kim Hargreaves, from the book Heartfelt.
Knitted in 3 skeins of soft Rowan Cocoon in Bilberry. This wool is gorgeously soft, with a slight mohair effect, and the bilberry shade is actually a bit darker than in the photo. The lace repeat is easy to memorise, and since this is done with 8mm needles is a super quick knit. This was a lot of fun, highly recommended!
Tuesday, 6 January 2009
This is the final sketch I think, I'm sure I'll keep making alterations, but I'm moving onto the coloured version now. Lets hope it looks a lot better!
Monday, 5 January 2009
- more than one point of perspective
- some of the sails not the right shape
- the hull is not the right shape
and the suggestions;
- add shading to the sails for depth and shape
- edge sails in a different colour to differentiate
- extend the spars beyond the edges of the sails
- add a break at the waist of the ship
I agree with absolutely all of these comments (they seem to be painfully glaring and I can't imagine how I missed them now) and it got me thinking that if I'm going to do this I might as well do it properly.
As you can see this will be much easier to copy without losing the correct shape and perspective; there are fewer sails (and they are easier to differentiate); and there is more and clearer detail ~ especially on the hull. For instance there is already quite a lot of shading on the sails and a break at the waist.
Saturday, 3 January 2009
So lets face it, it was only a matter of time before I thought of knitting a t-shirt with a tall ship in intarsia on the front. I found this screen-shot on the internet from the film (can you see the Acheron in the distance in hot pursuit?), and am currently trying to turn it into a knitting pattern.
Now I'm absolutely no Geoff Hunt, I can't draw a ship, or copy an image of a ship with any kind of technical accuracy, I'm aiming for the impression of a ship, an abstract image. I've managed this sketch, and I would really appreciate knowing what you think ~ if there is anything odd or stupid about this drawing. Does anything look out of place, does it look the wrong shape, is it laughable?
I've tried to copy the image, but have taken away some of the sails on the left, and as I'll be doing it in only three colours, have omitted a lot of the detail on the hull. My main concerns are; is the hull the right shape; is the hull in proportion to the sails; and is the whole ship too narrow, does the image need widening a bit?
These are the colours I'll be using ~ black for the main fabric, dark blue and teal for the hull and masts, and light blue for the sails and the bow wave.