A Colorwork Jacket, Part 1: Wendy’s Way

November 2, 2016

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  • As a person who struggles to use Excel in the most rudimentary way, I’m amazed that it is such a tool of creativity for you!

  • Fascinating article, thanks Wendy

  • I am both terrified and intrigued at the same time.

    • These are appropriate emotions lol!

  • Where can we follow the work in progress?

    • Right here on MDK! Wendy has graciously agreed to share the whole process with us. Stay tuned!

  • Great article, Wendy! I am in awe of your creativity and sense of design and style. I look at Excel spreadsheets all day and only see numbers. You’ve just opened up an entirely new world for me where Excel is concerned!

  • I have been dreaming/gearing up to make a fair isle sweater that is a smidgen of what this will be. AMAZING!!! I’m not sure what’s more inspiring: your excel skills, your color picking skills, or your knitting skills. Damn! ❤

  • I am so impressed. I can’t even begin a three color cowl without swatches flying and teeth grinding. This will be fascinating to watch.

  • Wendy, you are wonderful. And, oooh, I love a cliffhanger! I can hardly wait for the next chapter.

  • I’m so happy to see Wendy here. She’s my hero & I love everything she touches.

  • Kay and Ann, I know you are building your business, but I’m seeing that you seem to be exiting the personal and fun blogging you used to do. I was afraid of that when you announced what was coming. You were one of the few blogs to actually be personal blogging, rather than market-blogging. I really hope you’ll add more of the personal back in. Thanks.
    p.s. this has nothing to do with Wendy who is amazing and whom I’ve also been following since the dawn of time aka 2004.

    • I am finding that in the letters section of the site.

  • This is thrilling already! Why does Excel seem so intimidating and complicated? I am really motivated now to figure it out.

  • This is so crazy and I love it. I’ve definitely used excel to chart out graphs before, especially when they’re from a book I don’t want to drag around or when I want to use more than one chart and need to see them next to each other. Can’t wait to see the finished coat! It sounds amazing.

  • Oh Wendy, I wish you would share your settings to make knitting graph paper. I’m sure trial and error will solve it but it will take away from my knitting time.

    • I did talk about the process a bit on my blog last April, here: http://wendyknits.net/2016/04/06/insane-cowl-posse/ — though I did not give the exact numbers for creating the graph. I simply set the column width and the row height to 0.01″ — you could also make the column slightly wider than high to emulate a stitch. You can fiddle with those settings to suit yourself and you can zoom in as much as you want. That’s one of the reasons I love Excel so much — it is so customizable!

      • Thanks! I can’t wait to try this.

  • Thank you all for your lovely comments. I’m so pleased that you’ve found my process interesting. I hope you’ll enjoy the next installment as much as this one!

  • Wendy, this is so thrilling to watch your process. Looking forward to the next update. I’ve followed your blog for a long time. My first charts were based on your Excel instructions. Thanks for sharing!

  • I “heart” Wendy. When I picked up the needles many years ago after too much time away, she inspired me at Wednesday night knit-alongs. Her blogs are full of information and inspiration. I knit my first pair of socks using her toe-up method, and have created some cherished gifts from her “Wendy Knits Lace” book. Congrats on getting her onboard. Laura

  • Wow!!! I’m in awe!! Really, really, really want to see a picture of the finished product if at all possible.
    Jenny

  • All I can say is Oh MY OH MY!

  • Wow! Excited to see the finished product!

  • I have been following Wendy for years, and she never ceases to amaze me. This is a wonderful lesson in color charting.