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Ann Budd's Handy Apps for Yarnies

Feb 7, 2012

Editors' note: We always love it when our good friend, PieceWork contributor, and knitter par excellence, Ann Budd, stops by the PieceWork office for a visit. We never know what she might pull out of her bag—a new yarn she's discovered, a pair of funky new socks she's just finished knitting, or more recently, a skein of yarn she spun herself. We invited Ann to tell you about one of the newest items she pulled out of her bag and is really pleased about.

I keep forgetting to slip The Knitter's Handy Guide to Yarn Requirements in my bag when I travel, so I don't know how much yarn to purchase when I visit yarn shops, and I visit a lot of yarn shops. Because I do remember to pack my iPhone, I've often thought, "Wouldn't it  be great to have all that information handy at the tap of a finger?"

Enter Knit Handy and Crochet Handy apps. Created by Interweave's books and digital media teams, these knitting and crochet apps are available for the iPhone and iPod Touch. iPad users can download the apps and view them in small format or enlarged (2x) size. Interweave has plans to release Droid versions this month.

The apps were adapted from my leaflets The Knitter's Handy Guide to Yarn Requirements and The Crocheter's Handy Guide to Yarn Requirements to help knitters and crocheters quickly determine how much yarn they need for various projects.

The Knit Handy app delivers the yardage requirements for eight of the most popular knitted items: sweaters, vests, mittens, gloves, socks, scarves, tams, and hats. The Crochet Handy app provides yardage requirements for basic caps, scarves, bags, afghans, ponchos, baby sweaters, skirts, and tops.

Both apps show all sizes ranging from baby or toddler to large adult, using five standard yarn weights from fingering to bulky. The apps can show measurement units in imperial (inches and yards) or in metric (centimeters and meters).

And it's so simple: Select the measurement units in imperial (inches and yards) or in metric (centimeters and meters); select a project type, then choose gauge (ranging from 3 to 9 stitches per inch) and size; and the yarn amount is calculated. Talk about handy!

Happy Calculating,

Ann

P.S. If you have a great story or any items displaying a needlework technique or tradition originating from another country, we’d love to know about them. Our November/December 2012 issue is all about needlework traditions from other lands that have wended their way to the United States. Personal stories, long-treasured family items, or small communities that preserve the traditions of their homeland will make wonderful articles and projects for this issue.  Contact us to learn how to submit your ideas.


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Tamsyn53 wrote
on Feb 15, 2012 11:22 AM

Yes, please, for Android.  

Karen Brock wrote
on Feb 15, 2012 9:30 AM

Our Interweave emedia and books folks are working hard to create versions that will work on droid devices, but they've had a few roadblocks along the way. We are hopeful for release later this spring and will let everyone know when droid versions are available.

patpetri wrote
on Feb 12, 2012 2:24 PM

Yes, please, for Android.  

motherbd wrote
on Feb 12, 2012 11:46 AM

Another vote here for Android devices - my Toshiba Thrive is a tablet, and I take it everywhere!

on Feb 12, 2012 9:58 AM

I agree... I would love both the crochet and knitting app for my Smartphone also.  Any idea when and if these versions will become available????  Soon I hope :O)

Chris@106 wrote
on Feb 12, 2012 7:00 AM

I hope you do one for windows phone too.  While we can always look stuff up on the web with a smartphone, an app would be so much easier.  

dheilman wrote
on Feb 11, 2012 11:09 PM

Yes, I agree with the others. Need one for the Androids.

Deanne@2 wrote
on Feb 11, 2012 10:38 PM

I just picked up the app - looks great.  Would be nice if both the knitting and crochet apps provided into for the same things...Knitting seems to be more into accessories and crochet has afghans and more...what's up with that?

sits-n-knits wrote
on Feb 11, 2012 8:36 PM

I'm in agreement with all the other Droid users. I'll be on the look-out for that version

Ginger wrote
on Feb 11, 2012 6:33 PM

so agree with the android comments....not everyone has an iphone...when you make an app only available to one type of phone makes the rest of us feel alienated...really should think about that before launching from now on...unless you are getting money from apple then go for it! otherwise just bad business!

poppy8dog wrote
on Feb 11, 2012 3:05 PM

When I read some of the posts, it sounds like an Android version is either available, or in the works.  Is it?  I think it's time that all organizations realized that Apple no longer controls the world in terms of portable devices.

pywagner wrote
on Feb 11, 2012 12:50 PM

The Droid version should work an any Android device.

shangio wrote
on Feb 11, 2012 11:09 AM

If a Droid version will be released, would this mean an Android version is in the works? There are many Android users.

2132second wrote
on Feb 11, 2012 10:19 AM

Yes, an Android version would be great!

yuenyee wrote
on Feb 11, 2012 9:23 AM

I am very excited to find out about the Unicorn Fibre Wash and to learn how to wash garments made out of wool. For years I avoided knitting with wool because I don't know how to take care of the pieces. I have also shrunk many of my husband wool pants. Now I will have no reservation knitting with wool yarns and my husband will never have to replace anymore of his wool pants. Thank you for the education.

Doris Lee

PennieB wrote
on Feb 11, 2012 9:20 AM

What other apps do you recommend? I have KnitMinder, which I like, but I wish there were an app to connect my iPhone to Ravelry!

GrammaJazz wrote
on Feb 11, 2012 9:13 AM

Can't wait til it's available for androids.

Brenjs wrote
on Feb 11, 2012 9:10 AM

There are more people using Android than Iphones. Would love an Android version. Please consider it. :-)

CraftyShanna wrote
on Feb 10, 2012 3:12 PM

Ditto!  We need a little Android love, too.

debjrainy wrote
on Feb 9, 2012 2:15 PM

I add my vote for having a Droid version of these apps!  I cannot wait to add this to my smartphone! It will be a veritable lifesaver!!!!

LGB-MD wrote
on Feb 7, 2012 6:40 AM

I'd *love* to get this app. Any chance that there will be a version for android devices?