Thursday, October 1, 2009

I am so close, y'all!

I have officially decided on the Richard III quote. Mainly because it hasn't stopped making me giggle. I've started playing around with it chart-wise. I started charting it by hand, because I tend to be old-fashioned, but I took a break after I'd got "Now is the winter of our disco" finished, and then I decided to give Excel a try, and now Excel is (almost) my best friend in the whole world.

I also want to open a Richard III-themed dance club, and call it The Winter Of Our Discotheque, but that's another story.

Today's questions to answer include such gems as "How wide should a man's tubular scarf be?" and "How do I space out these words so they look nice?"

I've been working on question #2, and am kind of stumped. I've decided (so far, still subject to change) to do the whole four-line first sentence of Richard III:

Now is the winter of our discontent
Made glorious summer by this son of York;
And all the clouds that lour'd upon our House
In the deep bosom of the ocean buried

However, as you'll notice, the third line is enough longer than the other three--especially once you've dealt with the apostrophe--that it throws the whole thing out of whack. So my options are to space out all the other lines (this has the most impact on lines 1 and 3) to match, or to not put each line of text on its own line of knitting, but to chug straight through, but that won't give me a full fourth line. I could always tack on a "Richard III" but I'm not sure how I feel about that.

My other problem is that I can't figure out how--if it's even possible--to get Excel to shrink the document on the screen so I can see more of it at once, to see if the lines are aesthetically pleasing the way I have them laid out. This is where by hand may jump in again. We'll see. I need to start knitting this! Aiee!

Does anyone know how wide a man's scarf should be? I've been doing a lot of failing in trying to find this out.


Elisabeth said...

View > Zoom works on my version of Excel.

kate said...

You're brilliant! See, that's the kind of thing I would never think to try on my own. I figured it worked more like the zoom in the window menu. But no, it's just what I wanted. Thanks!

Elisabeth said...

You're welcome!