Hello! As I've said before, it's been a while since I last posted any patterns. Part of this is because, when I got my new computer that took less that 15 minutes to boot up and didn't freeze when I tried to run an Atari emulator, my cross stitch pattern maker no longer worked on it. For a while, I switched off to the old computer to chart my patterns once I had the images ready to go, which was fine, though I ended up making a load of patterns at once, to minimize usage of the less functional computer and get a lot of patterns that I could post out of each sitting. At first, this seemed to work well, but today, when I intended to sit down and chart all of the patterns I had ready, I realized that I had over 30 of them to do. That was when I decided to figure out a way to do it on the computer I use most often.
After messing around with KG Stitch LE, which is a very nice program, for quite a while, I think that I've figured out how to make nice looking patterns without my other computer. It involves printing to PDFs and copious amounts of image editing, but it isn't really any more or less effort than I was taking to make these before, and I think that it looks a little nicer, too, in terms out how clearly the grid is marked. It is different, so if you stitch my sprite patterns, please take a look at today's pattern and let me know what you think! From this, though, I think that I've found a workable new format.
For the test pattern, I decided to use a sprite I'd done of Mackenzie McHale from The Newsroom, which is a show on HBO, for a couple of reasons. First of all, I didn't want to fiddle around with and post a chart everyone hated of a character someone had requested, since that would just be mean. I don't think that'll be a problem, but I hadn't been sure of that when I'd started, so it seemed reasonable to make a more cautious choice. The other reason why I chose her, which will only make sense to other people who watched The Newsroom, was that it seemed like it would be funny to use her as the first pattern in a new format. Regardless of all of that, however, here is today's new pattern, ready to be stitched, or at least looked at by people who are curious as to what the new charts will look like.