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a knitting story with a twist

by elizabeth on October 31, 2012

hurricane sandy was brewing over the last couple days here in boston and I was all set with a no power kind of project - this purl bee herringbone cowl looked super easy. it’s knit in the round and once you cast your 220 stitches on it seemed as simple as knitting for 14″.

wrong. after I cast on my 220 stitches of plymouth yarn’s baby alpaca grande (shown above) and knit the first round I was lost. I’m the first to admit that I’m an amateur knitter at best – the knitting equivalent of being able to sew straight line curtains vs making an actual garment. I cast on no less than 3 times and scoured google and knitting forums for help with the whole ‘knit thru the back of the stitch’.

determined to knit something, I had an idea so I pulled out my ipad and knit myself a font! 

I saw this post over on a beautiful mess last week and thought I’d give it a try using the ifontmaker app for the ipad. I whipped it up kind of quickly and opted not to make any lowercase letters (I couldn’t get the ‘stitches’ right) and now you can use it, too!  just click this ‘download’ button and voila! 

tip: because there isn’t a lowercase you have to type in CAPS to use the font and I’ve included the ? ! and . punctuation symbols in there, too

PS – I asked my girls what they thought the letters looked like and they both came back with ‘bones’ so feel free to adapt this for all your halloween/orthopedic needs
PPS – I think it looks like rope/nautical letters, too

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Beth October 31, 2012 at 7:04 am

Love your font — and your photography!
I’m headed to a knitting class this morning — finishing a felted bag left over from last year. Not that I need a class to do that; but it’s the only way that I’m sure to knit. ;)


elizabeth October 31, 2012 at 7:39 am

thank you Beth! I was so disappointed that I didn’t get the stitch down – I need to find a class/group here, too. there are a couple shops here but I miss the one near us in Chicago where you could just bring your stuff, pull up a chair and get some help. I’d love to see what your bag looks like!


elizabeth swartz (@seagrassstudio) October 31, 2012 at 10:00 am

happy halloween everyone! have I ever got a #storytime treat for you over on the blog – http://t.co/ex8LfmYA


Diane October 31, 2012 at 10:08 am

You Crafy Bee, you! Love the font and glad you had some way to channel that creative energy during the storm.


Beckie Stravers (@cubicle57blog) October 31, 2012 at 11:28 am

.@seagrassstudio so knitty, Elizabeth made a fun #font check it http://t.co/O2GDXw82


Alisa October 31, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Knitting and fonts – two of my great loves! I have been eyeing that herringbone cowl pattern for so long – so classy. Great post!


elizabeth October 31, 2012 at 2:44 pm

thanks Alisa! I haven’t given up completely – I just need to find a knitting jedi to help me. I had hopes for future christmas gifts but now I’ll be happy with one of my own!


Justine @ Mucho Color August 6, 2013 at 12:29 pm

This is so cool! Thanks for sharing it. I love it.


elizabeth August 6, 2013 at 7:34 pm

I’m so glad you like it – enjoy!!


Cat August 10, 2013 at 8:10 pm

Thanks so much for sharing this font; it’s delightful.


elizabeth August 11, 2013 at 10:34 am

you’re very welcome! enjoy!


William Granger January 19, 2014 at 11:27 am

Looks like your link is dead :(


Fatima February 13, 2014 at 5:36 am

BuzzFeed linked to your font but I can’t seem to find the download link. I’m always on the lookout for great new free fonts and I would love to try out yours.


Ami February 18, 2014 at 2:36 pm

For me, the link works, but opens a webpage (.htm) instead of a dialog box to download the font. If you save the page and manually change the extension to .ttf, the font works correctly. Hope this helps some of those with problems.


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