Sunday, April 04, 2010
Mad Math Skillz
Marnie MacLean has posted an enormously detailed tutorial on her blog about how to use MS Excel to assist with resizing patterns.
I laughed at first.
And then I stopped.
It's no secret that I have a degree in mathematics. And I spent 15 years working in IT.
And clearly I've been taking it all for granted.
My educational and professional background means that this stuff is so damn obvious to me. I mean, of course you create cells with the stitch and row gauges, and then you input the sizes and have the stitch numbers calculated using a formula.
It's how I do all my sizing. In fact, a spreadsheet is how I do all my designing tasks - planning, sizing, charting, taking notes as I work. I could give up word processing, but never spreadsheets.
(I used to be an an exclusive user of Microsoft Office, but have been slowing moving over to Open Office of late. It's a free, open-source Office software pack, and it's really very good.)
It's good to be reminded sometimes that you can't assume that everyone else knows what you know.
On that note, I'm not going to recreate the wheel. Go read Marnie's post.