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CCATP #777 Angela Preston on Creating an Open Source Knitting Font

My key to typing in Kauri Knits

One of the great joys of Mastodon is that I’m meeting new people with a cross-section of interests that overlap with my own. By following hashtags like #programming and #technology and #knitting and #crocheting, I can find fellow nerds who are also into the crafts I enjoy.

I discovered this week’s guest, Angela Preston through these hashtags. She’s a knitter and she created a website by hand that explains how she built a font for knitting at…. The best part is she created the font with an open source tool called FontStruct.

The conversation bounces back and forth between explaining what knitting is, how traditional text-based patterns are written, how diagram-based knitting works, and then flipping over to how a font is created in FontStruct. Angela is fun and interesting and I think you’ll really enjoy the conversation even if you’re not a programmer or a knitter.

Angela’s font is called Kauri Knits, where Kauri is a name from the book series “Dancing Gods” by Jack L Chalker. (It’s also the Māori name for a cool tree in New Zealand.)

If people want to follow Angela on Mastodon, you find her at @[email protected].

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Read an unedited, auto-generated transcript: CCATP_2023_11_06

1 thought on “CCATP #777 Angela Preston on Creating an Open Source Knitting Font

  1. Anonymous - November 13, 2023

    I heard you mention this episode on DTNS. It was a very enjoyable episode. Thank you!


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