Category: Apps

Oct 07

Quick Crochet : Bark Sedge Washcloth

I can still crochet! (I was a little bit worried I’d forgotten how).

Lion Brand Pattern : Bark Sedge Washcloth

Bark Sedge Washcloth
Free Lion Brand pattern

Ravelry Details: [ Bark Sedge Washcloth ]

I finally figured out a good project to work on during study breaks; I read and outline for 40-45 minutes and then crochet or knit for the remainder of the hour (rinse and repeat). Washcloths are perfect — and in this case, I got to practice my crochet skills.

It’s a pattern I’ve used before, but unfortunately, I misread the title of the pattern and incorrectly titled my blog post back then (July 2010). And, as I mentioned in my old blog post, there’s a Lion Brand app — and if you use the app, you won’t have to log in each time you search for a pattern or inspiration. You can also use the mobile site if you don’t have an iPhone or iPad.

When I mentioned the Wooly App, I’d forgotten about one of their recent updates — the ability to add photos to your projects and stash. As with similar apps, you can choose to take a photo or add an existing one from your phone’s gallery (I’ve done both successfully). Prior to that enhancement, I was using the Yarma app and it works the same way, though not as seamlessly. My point is — there are fewer barriers now to sharing photos of projects on Ravelry if you have a smartphone and one or both of these apps! I’ll admit to preferring photos shot with a camera (rather than my phone) because it’s ideal for getting photos with lots of detail, but any photo is usually preferable to none.

If you’ve tried one (or both) of these or have any ideas of your own, I’d love to hear them.

Oct 05

Wooly app

Don’t let my blog absence fool you — there’s a lot going on behind the scenes; it’s just that most of it isn’t knitting blog fodder. But all is well! I’m interacting more heavily on Twitter right now because I’m away from my computer more than usual — follow me on Twitter if you wish!

I hardly remember the last time I was able to knit a few stitches — it’s probably been weeks! But when I need a reminder of what I have on the needles (when the inevitable urge to start something new strikes), or what I want to knit (my queue), or take a quick peek at my stash (or to “shop” my stash), I use one of my favorite apps: Wooly.

Some of what I’ll share is redundant, because other knitters have reviewed Wooly. However, Wooly’s creators are listening to feedback and incorporating our suggestions, and some features might have been enhanced since you last checked it out.

Wooly accesses your Ravelry notebook, so you will have to be a member of Ravelry to use the app. And while you won’t have all the queue editing capabilities within Wooly, you’ll be able to access your projects, queue, and stash.

When I want to show my projects to somebody, the Wooly app is my favorite way to do that — all my project photos are there:

Wooly App - Project: Ann II

Screenshot for one of my projects; you can click the image to view more photos (if there’s more than one)

As for the stash feature — I think this is one of my favorite uses of Wooly. Even though I have yet to finish adding all of my stash, the most robust feature of Wooly (in my opinion) is this one.

I can sort by weight, yarn company, color family, or the default (which appears to be the order in which you added items to your Ravelry stash — the yarn you’ve had the longest is what appears first).

Of course, I love sorting by color:

Wooly App screenshot - My Stash

My stash sorted by color

. . . and by yarn company:

Wooly App - Stash sorted by yarn company

My stash sorted by yarn company
(I need to knit some of that Malabrigo)!

The one feature I don’t use very often is the “Friends” feature. It lists all my Ravelry friends alphabetically by Ravelry ID. On an iPhone, the corresponding alphabet letters on the right are super tiny and I can’t usually target the right letter – just the general vicinity. Here’s what happened when I tried to hit “S”:

Wooly app - friends feature

It’s super difficult to hit the correct letter on an iPhone!

A recently-added feature is the ability to update some fields of existing projects, including notes related to the project, so I try to add a lot of information to my project page in order to access that information later. But if all else fails, a great place to put information is the “notes” portion of your project page in Wooly.

A recent rumor is that there’s another update coming . . . I can’t wait!

Next up: another indispensable iPhone app to use with Ravelry.


May 16

The Kitchen Sink

The Kitchen Sink

The Kitchen Sink :: Random Updates

:: I have a new iPhone (3gs) as of mid-April, but I haven’t fully explored all of its cool apps and features. Let me know what I have to have — which apps do you love? I already have Hipstamatic and I experimented with it a couple of weeks ago. I took a photo of the thing I was standing closest to at the time — the kitchen sink.

:: Charlie is a joy to have in our lives and our home — it’s been quite an adjustment being a new Grandma, mostly affecting the things that used to be effortless. I don’t feel comfortable posting updated photos of him, but if you’re a Flickr “friend,” that’s your best chance of seeing how cute he’s getting.

:: Knitting? Crocheting? Why, yes, I still do both — just not nearly as often. I have managed to finish a few things that I don’t have time to photograph (one of the things that used to be effortless).

:: This time last year, I was working on completing my Lizard Ridge. While I would love to get back to it, it’s moved down the list. I’ve accepted that it’s going to be a long-term project and I’m not going to feel anxious about it. Whenever I finish it will end up being the perfect time.

:: School is almost out! While this is a good thing, during the school year I have a predictable routine that helps me define and plan my weekdays. Summertime always leaves me feeling a little unstructured, so I’m trying to plan ahead this time in order to keep the boys busy and well-fed. Suggestions welcome! The 5th grader will be doing a summer reading program (or two) and the 8th grader will be in a 6-week long football camp (in addition to his plans to spend quality time with his XBox console).

:: Nail Color of the Week is going to continue for the foreseeable future. (Many of you probably noticed that I’m not always posting every week though). What nail colors would you like to see? More Pink? Some Blue? Greens? Let me know in the comments – I have some great greens I’ve not posted yet, so that will definitely be in the line-up!

Jul 18

Bark Sledge Stitch Washcloth

Ravelry: Bark Sledge Stitch Washcloth
Yarn: Pakucho 100% certified organic cotton, Color 025, Brown Vicuña

While I was in Yakima, Washington, I visited a cute little yarn shop there (Little Red Hen Yarns on Summitview) and found my favorite organic cotton yarn on sale and bought 3 skeins to bring home with me. With help from Ravelry, I found the perfect pattern for a highly textured crocheted washcloth on the Lion Brand site. While I don’t often visit the site due to the annoyance of having to register and log in to see the patterns, I discovered this morning that there’s a free iPhone/Touch app for Lion Brand that makes it easier to search for and use the patterns there. These were so quick to do and I’ll soon be able to replace all my well-loved washcloths.