Serendipity Cable Charts

Serendiptiy is the faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary.


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Stitch Painter cable chart

Stitch Painter Cable Chart

CorelDraw cable chart

CorelDraw Cable Chart

I was working on a baby sweater pattern for the FaceBook Plastic Midgauge Knitting Machines group beginner lesson series a couple of days ago, when one of Arizona's (in)famous monsoon storms hit. My laptop battery had nearly died, and I was using the computer while it was charging.

I heard distant thunder, and thought there was time to finish up the short bit left to go before disconnecting. Wrong! A loud crack, nearly overhead, and the power went out. It came back on, though, so I kept on working. Big mistake. Boom! Power went out again, came back on in a couple of seconds, then went out again for good. This all happened in the space of a minute or so.

There doesn't seem to be any damage to the computer, but I had several programs open when the power went out, and some of them got scrambled. I'm still finding some weird things even with programs that were closed when this happened, but so far everything has been repairable.

Now to the serendipitous part. I was using Cochenille's Stitch Painter for the cable stitch chart for the pattern. Unfortunately that was one of the scrambled programs. I ended up going to CorelDraw and created the stitch chart in it, including the symbols. Wow! It really wasn't very hard, and the finished chart looks so much better.

I really like Stitch Painter; this is in no way meant as a put-down of the software, but have never been very happy with their cable symbols.

The CorelDraw version of the stitch grid and symbols are saved, readily available for re-use. I also took the time to create several more frequently-used symbols, and am very happy with the results. This is something that would never have happened without that thunderstorm.

 Uploaded August 6, 2016