I'm not sure whether this fits here on a retro computing blog or over on my knitting blog! I notice that when I tried Knitwear Designer for BBC , I mostly put the computery parts here and the knitty parts over on my knitting blog . At the Centre for Computing History last weekend I spotted a display of knitting software. Besides Knitwear Designer which I have, there were a number of other titles that I wasn't aware of. Classic Pattern Writer for ZX Spectrum was easy to find, at least as an electronic copy archived online. The loading screen is at the top of the post. A nice colourful pattern fills the screen along with the bold claim "all classic styles". This claim is repeated on the intro screen: You're guided through a few choices but it really comes down to two main styles, raglan or inset sleeves, with some variations such as V or round neck; long or short sleeves. This is pretty much in line with the BBC's Knitwear Designer. They both have a couple o
I 've long been thinking about a version two RC2014 LED matrix module . I've had a matrix with a MAX 7219 on a module. It's a nice enhancement. But there's only so much you can do with a single-colour LED array right? Wouldn't it be cool to have RGB LEDs? At Liverpool MakeFest I saw a wall-sized ping-pong ball NeoPixel display and picked up some NeoPixels with the intention of making one. Possibly driven by my RC2014. I enjoy learning about protocols and have had some SPI devices working with the RC2014 - bit-banging SPI works really well because it doesn't care about timing. NeoPixels really do care about timing though. From Adafruit's web page about their 8x8 NeoPixel matrix: If there's one thing I want to get across in this blog post, it's don't just accept what you're told . Question everything. Learn about what's going on and find out why you're being told something isn't possible. Get creative with workarounds. I'