When Apple meets knitting

iPod + knitting

I love it when two seemingly unrelated objects are perfect complements of each other. In this case it goes something like this:

Indispensable object A provides much needed entertainment, background music and all around sanity during commute and work.

Indispensable yarn type object B (with pointy bits and pieces) keeps my hands busy during commute and guarantees more elbow room.

A few weeks ago I realised that some lovely people at Quilt2Go created a free application allowing me to keep count of my stitches for object B. In one small leap my iPod touch became a handy stitch minder that can also play my favourite tunes, keep track of my calendar and email and sends me in the right direction.

If you are a non knitter, a stitch minder is just that; a way to keep track of repeating patterns when knitting. The humble paper and pen does the job just as well, but being able to tap which row I am currently on with the touch while I am on the train work better for me. If you are knitter with a touch I am guessing that you are downloading the application if you don’t have it already.

Quilt2Go mentioned that they are working on another application called Knitminder that sounded interesting.

KnitMinder


KnitMinder provides you with a place to manage your knitting projects and supplies that’s right at your fingertips! Features include:

  • Store multiple projects using pictures and a convenient work log
  • Manage your yarn and notions stashes
  • Keep track of your needles, hooks, and other tools
  • Find yarn stores where you are

The features sounds a lot like what ravelry currently offers, albeit in a more portable version. I would love it if they decide to integrate ravelry as part of the application or at least have some sort of module that would allow some of the projects or stash information to be easily imported from one to the other.

I don’t have any stash images yet, but the background is a work in progress of the ribbed scarf I am working on using these yarns. Like Ysolda I am not the biggest fan of multi-coloured yarn, but the following combination for a simple ribbed scarf can be quite pretty. I am finding it a little difficult to capture the berry colours of the scarf properly, but here is a closer look.

Close up of wool and silk yarn

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3 Comments on “When Apple meets knitting”

  1. April 23, 2009 at 6:13 am #

    Paul from Quilt2Go here; just wanted to let you and your readers know that KnitMinder is available now on the App Store. There’s a free version called KnitMinder Lite that you can try out to see if you like it before buying the full version. You can always contact me directly through the Quilt2Go web site if you ever have any problems, questions, or suggestions about StitchMinder or KnitMinder. Thanks!

    • April 28, 2009 at 2:10 pm #

      That’s fantastic news Paul, will definitely plug it to all and sundry!

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    […] Egli from Quilt2Go has confirmed that the long awaited Knitminder is finally out! I blogged about StitchMinder last year when the application first launched, now there’s a 0.2 version to update to, but […]

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