Knitter’s Doodles (ZIP)
Earlier this week I discovered PaintFont, a site that allows you to turn your handwriting into a font. My handwriting isn’t particularly interesting but I thought it would be fun to create a dingbat, and so I drew some knitting-related doodles in Paper by 53, then cut and pasted them into the font template using Gimp. The result is a cute, though somewhat haphazard font which I think will nevertheless be useful for adding character to your project photos. Allow me to demonstrate, with apologies to Bouguereau:
The zip file includes an OTF and a TTF version. You’re welcome to use the font in any personal, educational or commercial projects. I only ask that you do not redistribute it.
If you’d like to use the font to jazz up your Instagram photos, I’ve found it’s possible to install fonts on iOS using the AnyFont app. You can then edit your image with any app that uses the system fonts. I’ve had luck with Moldiv, but do let me know if you have any other recommendations. Enjoy! :)
ETA: Connie has done what I was too lazy to do & put together a cheat sheet. Vielen dank! :)
P.S. The knitting background is available here.
KNITTING PAPER – PDF
I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that one of my new year’s resolutions for the past TWO years has been to knit a Fair Isle slipover, possibly with matching socks or legwarmers (& a jumper for Teddy?) and I haven’t even come close to designing one. The trouble is that there are so many wonderful possibilities! Where to begin?
More Fair Isle inspiration on Pinterest.
Do I want colours of similar hues, or do I want to mix them up? What about keeping the background colour constant throughout? I do know that I’d like to combine modern patterns with the traditional ones, and I’d quite like each design to have some sort of symbolic meaning, even if I’m the only one who knows about it.
With so much to keep in mind, I thought it would be better to start small, and use this knitting paper I designed to doodle Fair Isle patterns I liked, when I came across them. Mary Mucklestone’s amazing 200 Fair Isle Motifs (more on that later) gave me a head start on patterns, and when I have time I’ll be working through her Fair Isle course on Craftsy. Of course I could do the job in iWork, but it wouldn’t be half as much fun, would it? You all know how much I enjoy colouring in! :)
Once I have the patterns I like, I can cut them out in strips and play with the positioning until I’m happy with the way they look together. I may need to find some more coloured pencils though… ;)
KNITTING PAPER – PDF
The PDF includes both large and small versions of the stitch paper, in both orientations. I hope you find it useful! :)
HEART BOOKMARK PDF
I know these sweet origami heart bookmarks are all over Pinterest right now, but here’s another variation. The pink one says “You & I” on one side, and “We’re on the same page,” on the other. The blue one is for beach reads, or at least that’s my dream!
This heart bookmark (or heartmark?) is far easier to put together than its origami relatives. You simply fold along the dotted lines (I recommend scoring the paper first), then cut along the solid line. Glue it together before you cut out the heart shape. You have to twist it as if it’s a cone to be able to put it together as indicated in the picture. Then cut the heart shape and you’re done!
I think this would make a rather sweet addition to a gifted book, or maybe to a book club swap? Let me know what you think. :) ❤ ❤