Stitch Masters

“Turtle Eating a Leaf” the Scientist (age 6)

The little people have been busy with my new knitting tool.

Up to now, I have made my charts in Word tables. The charts were fit for purpose but it was a long slow laborious process. So after some internal debate, I decided to invest in  Cathy Scott’s StitchMastery, a knitting chart generator program thingamy- bob. It’s great, easy and intuitive to use. In fact so easy, the minions gave it a go. And another go, even the littlest four year old sidekick had a turn or two. Now I have an interesting collection of brightly coloured charts that *must* be turned into something woolly!

“Butterfly” by the Bookworm Princess (8)


“Teddy for T” by the Bookworm Princess


“Scorpion” by the Scientist

??? by the Sidekick aged 4

“Dinosaur” by the Sidekick



Tools for Fools

Knitting foolI have an inability to follow a pattern, but I have lots and lots of knitting pattern books. I can never resist the urge to tweak, change and altogether alter, any pattern I try to follow. Is it my short attention span or the “what if” gene that makes me deviate from the outlined course. Perchance, its my half-cracked philosophy; that there is never just one way, the only way, or my way but instead, many, many ways to skin a cat or knit a hat! So, while I like to read pattern books and admire the shiny pictures, I don’t really use them too often. When I realised this, I decided that perhaps I should be looking at stitch directories instead.

I have lots and lots and lots, and a few more knitting-stitch directory books. but they are never where I am. So to my delight, I came across this absolutely wonderfully helpful and educational blog, Knitting Fool. Over two thousand, four hundred different stitch patterns, a sweater pattern generator and a skein estimation tool, are among the sites very handy and free tools. Everything a knitter could need. I may never need to buy another book again! Yeah, that ‘ill happen!