Electronic Knitting Tools
I'm still working on the Irish Hiking Scarf and continue to lose my cable needle. Typically, I place needles behind my ear when I'm not using them (that is, cable needles and DPNs - not circs or straights!) It took me about 45 minutes to find the cable needle that was apparently in my hair when I went to bed last night.
I purchased and downloaded a great new tool that I've been trying as a demo for the past couple of months: Countable. I didn't know it existed until I was reading about it here last year. It works great on a Palm Treo 650 and at $5.95 (US), it's affordable -- costs about the same as a conventional click-type counter.
In addition, I make frequent use of my Adobe Reader for Palm OS. Most of the patterns I purchase for download are sold as .pdf's. I open the .pdf and save a copy to my virtual desktop. I can then "drag" the file to my Adobe Reader and it'll be on my Treo the next time I run a hot sync operation (which I try to do daily).
Does every knitter need a PDA? Probably not, but now that I have one, I don't think I could ever live without one. Mine's great for photos on the fly (not excellent quality, but passable -- see above) and I can shoot a short video if I need to.
Typically, each sock I am working on is a task in MS Outlook on my laptop. I synchronize my tasks with my PDA so that I have specific notes about each sock in progress (number of stitches cast on and number of stitches picked up for the gusset, for example). As long as I have my phone with me, I have all my knitting notes. I've considered using a traditional knitting journal but would hate to have to carry it with me in my purse. This is a workable solution for me and I've now got identical copies of everything that's knitting-related on my laptop and phone.
Here are some helpful resources for knitters who use PDA's:
Not every knitter is a gadget gal, but since I am, I find mine to be incredibly handy.