I called in sick to work today, luckily my boss didn't really need me..... so I spent a very lazy day sitting on my padded parts and watching a movie - Julie & Julia, which I found charming and which made me hungry. I remember watching Julia Child on TV as a kid and I think watching her is what inspired me to cook my way, one summer, through a french pastry book that my mother had from the time-life cookbooks of the world series.
And that's all I did today. I did not even knit! Even though I have more unspeakable deadlines looming. I hope this little hint of a cold is over and not going to blossom into a full-blown illness tomorrow, because tomorrow I really do have to knit and I also have the spinning group coming over (unless they decide to stay away due to my cold).
So, since I don't have much to report in the way of knitting, I thought I'd blog about something I've been meaning to talk about ever since Stitches West. Whilst I was shopping at the fabulous marketplace at Stitches, I scored a copy of the brand new knitting charting software, Intwined Pattern Studio. Intwined Pattern Studio is an affordable, easy to use piece of software that lets you chart out whatever it is you're knitting in a fast way. Great features of Intwined are that as you chart, the program writes out the written instructions and vice versa. There are tons of ready made chart symbols to choose from, but you need one that isn't there? No problem, you can import your own! You can export to an image and paste it into your pattern or you can save directly as a PDF. It has smart features like flat mode, in the round mode or lace mode (charting every other pattern row, leaving out the plain rows). There's only one thing I wish it had that it doesn't and that's an export to .svg option but that's something that most people might not need.
Here's a sample screenshot of the interface.
It's easy, versatile, and at only $44, nicely affordable - that's only 2 skeins worth of fancy sock yarn!
Well... that's my report for today.... now I'm off to stalk the Netflix site and see what else I might want to watch.