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Knitting with Your Mobile: The Best Apps for Knitters

So I am a little behind on my blog posts lately. There’s been a lot going on here in New Jersey with LOTS of fiber arts activities! I wanted to share this great blog post that was submitted to me. I hope you all enjoy it!

Knitting AppsTechnology has done wonders for the modern-day knitter. Where in the past you had to scour and pore over old knitting books for your patterns or ask your knitting circle for ideas and help, we now have the convenience of the internet and hundreds of thousands of websites dedicated to knitting, and now you can even use your phone as a tool to help you knit.

The company behind gaming website Spin Genie, observed that “There were an estimated 1 billion Smartphone users at the end of 2012, representing 17% of total mobile users”. Because of this, app developers have made everything you could ever need, and there’s truly an app for every niche now. The knitting community has also come together to produce quality apps for every knitter’s needs. If you’re interested in using your smartphone as a tool for knitting, check out these three apps:

1. Knitting Patterns Database
Knitting Patterns Database (KPD) is a great app that does just what it advertises – it gives users easy access to thousands of knitting patterns. But that’s not all. Providing “the functionality of over 20 knitting apps all in one place”, the app also catalogs the patterns and allows users to search based on Gender, Garment Type, Yarn Type, Yarn Weight/Length, Needles, Gauge, Rating, Notes. You can even catalog your own yarn stash to keep things organize.

2. knitCompanion
Perhaps the closest we will ever get to an iKnit app, knitCompanion arranges and combines knitting patterns, keys, charts, and written instructions into one easy-to-navigate piece. There are also row markers and row-based reminders, audible reminders, counters, stitch markers and more. Sure, the app looks a little drabby, but it more than makes up for that with functionality.

3. Ravelry Mobile
While not an app per se, the mobile version of Ravelry is a sight to behold. If you’re already a user of the website, you can log into it using your mobile phone, and the website that’s been optimized for smaller screens and slower internet connections has just about all the functionality of its full-sized counterpart. Right now you can upload and download pattern PDFs, upload photos of projects, look at your queue, search for yarn stores, and browse and reply to threads in the forum.

Do you know of any other apps that help satisfy your knitting needs?

Book Review: Knits of Tomorrow

I think this week’s book is my favorite so far! When I went to ComicCon in New York last week, this book was on my mind all day. If you have anyone in your life that regularly has their geek on, this is the book for you!

The book, might you ask? Knits of Tomorrow: Toys and Accessories for your Retro-Future Needs
is all about the “future that never was” to quote Interweave. As I flipped through the patterns in the book, it really reminded me of the Walt Disney World Tomorrowland of my youth. The People Mover was my favorite ride, by the way.

The book begins with a fun little introduction and provides all the necessary “basics” for the projects in the book, as well as guidance for general knitting. The end of the book also includes a conversion chart. There are also lots of great tips along the way. The type is large and easy to read. As usual, it does have my one pet peeve – a standard perfect-bound spine. I really feel that if more publishers would use a spiral-bound spine for their books, it would make a world of difference for all crafters!

I think my two favorite patterns in the book are the Atomic Laptop Cover and the Men’s Radio Mast Socks. Instead of using simple “easy” or “difficult” descriptions for ability level, points are used – just like in classic video games! Most patterns are in the 40-60 points, which I would consider appropriate for an intermediate knitter. There are, however, some easier as well as more difficult patterns in the book, so I would say if you are looking to step up your skills progressively with some really fun patterns, this book is definitely for you!

So as usual, here comes the fun part, you can win this book! Again, the rules are simple:
1. Make sure you “like” my Facebook page.
2. Make sure you “like” the book review post on Facebook.
3. I pick a winner!

I’ll pick the lucky winner on October 24th. Good luck!

Announcing Craft Daily

craft dailyThis week F+W Media, the company that owns Interweave, announced a new online video subscription service called Craft Daily. Similar to a Hulu or Netflix, Craft Daily offers streaming video subscriptions for a variety of craft topics – spinning, crochet, knitting, weaving, beading, and more. The subscription cost will vary depending on how much content you would like to access and start at $11.99 per month. You can watch the videos on your computer, iPad, Kindle Fire, or even if you have Apple TV. Right now there are more than 100 videos available for viewing.

I am going to be checking out the videos this month and will give a review in a few weeks. If you decide to check it out, please let me know your thoughts!

The Crochet Handy App from Interweave

If you have an iPad, iPhone, or other Apple product, you may want to check out the Crochet Handy app from Interweave. Crochet Handy helps you quickly determine exactly how much yarn you need for your next crochet project.

I do not have any Apple products (I am an open source kind of gal), so I can’t speak to its usefulness, but it definitely looks cool to me! And the .99 cent price tag isn’t bad either.

If you do decide to download Crochet Handy, I would love to hear some feedback on it!