Well, the tomato hat seems to be a success (hopefully I’ll get a picture of the child wearing it), and the tomato heels turned beautifully. Back to sock design.
I’d forgotten what my graphics arts ‘process’ is. Apparently it involves a lot of sighing and gibbering, and telling the computer to do what I want it to do. No, seriously, I have to send my family out of the room so they don’t keep asking if I’m all right, and suggesting that I have a nice cup of tea and a sit down.
I ended up downloading a macro for GIMP which let me put a grid over an image. I layered it upon each of the banners, then copied grid sized squares from the underlying image, and pasting them to make a more pixilated image. Exported the whole thing to .png file, imported it into a spreadsheet to add numbering… and it just occurs to me that I need to add heavier lines to mark off every fifth space (for ease of use). Yeah, it’s enough trouble to fiddle with that I should really consider making it available for purchase when done. Fortunately, Open Office exports to .pdf, so I could do the whole thing as a Ravelry download (fiddly charts and all).
Unfortunately, I miscalculated the number of stitches in the flag chart. I had noted it as 37, but it works out to 38, so there should be 84 stitches in a round rather than 82 (given decisions I’d made earlier). This is actually a *much* better number to design with, especially when it comes to the Sweet Tomato heel, but it left my actual socks a couple of stitches off. Easy enough to fix, and the final pattern will be much friendlier.
No pictures this time, but I think I’m more or less on track.
In other news, I’m thinking of entering the Carina shawl in the Howard County fair. Need to decide pretty soon, since the deadline is the end of July!