Last week, I never got around to writing a new blog post. Haven’t done that in quite some time. It was just one of those weeks, I guess; I had some writing projects to do and the weather was so warm my husband and I ended up at the boardwalk for 3 days in a row, and I finished up a few more knitting projects, and I organized my coupons and food lists, and am planning ahead for Thanksgiving already, so I had no time for a new blog post.
Is this pretty or what? Can you believe I took this picture today, November 3rd. It’s been 75 degrees and sunny as you can see. The ocean was so calm and azure-blue. On this side of the Casino Pier were the fishermen; go to the other side and there were sunbathers and surfers. November! I’ll take it! And no money for the parking meters! 🙂
I think that’s one of the reasons I haven’t been concentrating too much on my blog. It’s so NICE to leave it go for a bit; give it a little longer lead and see what happens. My mind just hasn’t been on it these days. Which means to me, a break is required. I’m thinking it could have something to do with falling back to standard time; I personally like when it gets dark earlier. It doesn’t really last that long, when you think about. I hear a lot of complaining about the time change, but I always feel as if I’m getting my life back to the way it should be, when we add the extra hour. I feel calm, like that ocean today.
So, in the midst of all of the insanity going on in our world these days, there still are fun things to do with your smartphone (or iPhone, or iPad). I have any number of useful apps, and you probably do, too.
How about a few KNITTING apps?
There are those, too! Knitting can be techy, too; and there are MANY ways to save pattern information, upload your current project photos and save knitting creations for another day. You can also search with many of these apps; search for stitch info, or anything you love to see in the wonderful world of online knitting. It’s really cool stuff!
Here are THREE apps that you could consider for your knitting lifestyle.
#1. Bee Count Knitting Counter. This handy little app is available for FREE on Android. With Bee Count you can store multiple knitting projects. And isn’t that nice as which knitter do you know that’s only working on one little project at a time?! 😉
Each project on Bee Count can be increased, decreased or deleted as you finish it. Each pattern can have multiple “counts”, such as a pattern repeat or a row you’d like to repeat. All nice and neat stored right on your smartphone. I really like things like these.
#2. Stash2Go: Ravelry on the Go. There is a free/lite version with ads, and there is the paid version with no ads. I’ve never let ads get in the way of my knitting. With this app you can upload photos, view, and edit projects, view new projects and older ones in queue, view your Ravelry friends, access your library of patterns, and lots, lots more. Once you start using the app, it will be a great help in assisting with projects, patterns, yarns, needles and everything else. There are so many DIFFERENT things you can do with an app like Stash2Go, so play with it and see what you think. Check it out.
#3. Knitting and Crochet Buddy. This is an all-in-one project tracker. Knitting Buddy has a row tracker, project timer, notes pages, ruler, a flashlight, and it displays your knitting project on the row counter page. (If you’re knitting lace or something else that’s a little complicated, this is a BIG help.)
I like the fact that you can update your projects with each of these apps as you go; adding notes and pictures. So, even when you’re away from your knitting, 🙁 — you can still look at what you’ll be doing once you get back home.
Would YOU use any of these knitting apps? Or try them out, just to see? They’re all FREE (at least the lite versions of some of them are, and who needs more . . .). Try one or two and let me know!
Before you go, SCROLL down for the Your Call Cowl pattern! I finished my pretty cowl, it’s a weekend project, if you’re wondering, and just think how gorgeous these would look all knitted up in different colored yarns!
(I call this one “Your Call Cowl” because the pattern resembles either large leaves OR candle flames; it’s
YOUR CALL! )
As always, take your knitting to heart!
Your Call Cowl:
I used Caron United yarn in Mustard.
Size 7 or 8 needles
Row 1: *P2, yo, k1, yo, p2, k2, k2tog, k3; rep from * end p2.
Row 2: *K2, p6, k2, p3; rep from *, end k2.
Row 3: *P2, ,k1, (yo, k1) twice, p2, k2, k2tog, k2; rep from *, end p2.
Row 4: *(K2, p5), twice; rep from *, end k2.
Row 5: *P2, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, p2, k2tog, k1; rep from *, end p2.
Row 6: *K2, p4, k2, p7; rep from *, end k2.
Row 7: *P2, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, p2, k2, k2tog; rep from *, end p2.
Row 8: *K2, p3, k2, p9; rep from *, end k2.
Row 9: *P2, k2, k2tog, k5, p2, k1, k2tog; rep from *, end p2.
Row 10: *K2, p2, k2, p8; rep from *, end k2.
Row 11: *P2, k2, k2tog, k4, p2, k2tog; rep from *, end p2.
Row 12: *K2, p1, k2, p7; rep from *, end k2.
Row 13: *P2, k2, k2tog, k3, p2, yo, k1, yo; rep from *, end p2.
Row 14: *K2, p3, k2, p6; rep from *, end k2.
Row 15: *P2, k2 k2tog, k2 p2, (k1, yo) twice, k1; rep from *, end p2.
Row 16: *(K2, p5) twice; rep from *, end k2.
Row 17: *P2, k2, k2tog, k1, p2, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2; rep from *, end p2.
Row 18: *K2, p7, k2, p4; rep from *, end k2.
Row 19: *p2, k2, k2tog, p2, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3; rep from *, end p2.
Row 20: *K2, p9, k2, p3; rep from *, end k2.
Row 21: *P2, k1, k2tog, p2, k2, k2tog, k5; rep from *, end p2.
Row 22: *K2, p8, k2 p2; rep from *, end k2.
Row 23: *P2, k2tog, p2, k2, k2tog, k4; rep from *, end p2.
Row 24: *K2, p7, k2, p1; rep from *, end k2.
Repeat rows 1-24 until cowl is 22 inches in length. With right sides together, sew seam.
Wait for compliments! 🙂