Oh, I just want this off of my knitting plate!
Doing the schematics and the chart for my MagKnits pattern has, quite honestly, been my least favorite part of the process. It's almost done, thank goodness. I'm putting the finishing touches on my MagKnits schematic (in Illustrator) and I still need to work up the chart (in Excel).
Most of the problem is that I encountered a steep (almost vertical) learning curve with Adobe Illustrator. It is only the requirement for the schematic that has pushed me to learn this program (it's something I've been interested in doing for a long time). There are fellow bloggers out there who have been very generous with their time (among other things) and have helped me make this happen. It's nice to feel that if I encounter a serious problem, I have someone I can call. Ultimately, however, I need to master the basics for and by myself.
Things are starting to level out quickly, but at first it was "how do I do...anything?" There's been a huge sense of accomplishment this week as I've slowly but surely solved problems, become more skilled with the program, and felt my frustration level decrease. Who knew knitting would involve so much technology?
I will do a little dance when it's all done. Lesson learned: next time I will make this the first part of the design process, and just get it out of the way.