Friday, April 09, 2010

Tier Five progresses well. The Leaf Lace pattern looks fancier than Razor Shell, and goes particularly well with the Doris edging. That’s what it is, Stacey – Heirloom Knitting p. 74, chosen for narrowness. I agree, it’s doing the job well.

FiberQat, I’d love to put the jabot instructions on Ravelry. I hesitate a) because it wouldn’t quite be a pattern, like Joanie’s. I’d refer to Heirloom Knitting and the criteria for choosing patterns from the book and the rough size each tier should be, and the yarn and stitch numbers and needle size I used, but that’s not quite the same; and b) because I don’t know how to create a .pdf file. Maybe I should find out.

Or would I need one?

When I was cruising around recently looking at Koigu jacket patterns, I found an entrelac one. I don’t really think I want it – the effect is too Michelin Man. But I clicked on download-free-pattern, only to be told that the designer was currently stuck on figuring out how to do a .pdf file.

(As the clumsy among you must know, if you type in “Ravlery” by mistake you arrive at a site at least somewhat knit-related; I’ve been there often but never really explored it. What a good idea! And what a compliment to the original!)

Postal services

The ear-flap hat still hasn’t reached its addressee in Beijing. The Chinese are funny about packages. I’m glad I’ll be able to hand over the jabot in person.

Here in Edinburgh, I’ve been waiting too long for packages from two of my seed suppliers, and for a sweat shirt from CafePress. I’d worry if only one thing were missing, but with that many, they must be somewhere in the system. I’ve got plenty of seeds, anyway.


My friend’s viral message turned up on schedule this morning; the deluge related to 13/11/9 seems for the moment to have subsided.

Comments are instructed to turn up in my email in-box, as well as being appended to the blog itself. Most of them come in with your internet identities as Sender, but some are Anonymous. The bad ones are always Anonymous, so I click on that word with a certain sinking of the heart. It is particularly gratifying when, as yesterday, it turns out to be you, Ron.


  1. In my day you needed to buy Adobe to make a pdf file--it's an excellent program with a lot of functionality and it won't (or wouldn't) harbor viruses. You can get the free Adobe trial version for 30 days if you want. Once you have it, converting a word document couldn't be easier.

    But googling "pdf creator" turns up an astonishing number of free downloads; if you can figure out which are reliable that should be fine as well. Maybe other knitters who have the same very limited need for the program can tell you.

  2. Many wordprocessing programs (like Word) wiill let you print directly to a file, i.e., pdf.

  3. You can download a free PDF creator from cutepdf (or PDF factory). You then just print the file (it creates a dummy printer). Maybe you should email the Raveller who can't figure it out?

    My Mac does it automatically. Gotta love that!

  4. You can put your document in Google Documents (log in using your gmail log in) and save it as a pdf.

  5. Everyone else has covered the basics of PDF generation. I'd be happy to help out, if you want something "designed" (that's my day job). But you could just type your notes into the Notes field in Ravelry or write them up in a blog entry and link from Rav to your blog entry. People were printing patterns off of Knitty and the rest of the web long before everything went PDF.