From the authors workbench
Over last year’s holidays I received a Kindle. It’s delightful, putting games and useful tools at my fingertips. It will never replace yarn work for me as far as entertainment, though. One of the first searches that I did in the app store was for crochet programs. The results were a bit disappointing, with only a few results. One of the options was Knitting Buddy by Colorwork Apps. There is a free version and an upgrade. I downloaded the free version to see what it had.
From the main page, titled the global page, I found a number of useful tools. The ruler is very helpful for on the go projects or for when my cat has absconded with my tape measure. The flashlight would not work on my version of kindle but I am not too disappointed about that. It sounds nice but I do not often need a flashlight for my crochet or knitting work.
The knitting needles and crochet hook databases are very helpful. You can even document the materials of the hooks and needles and there is room to list specialty items such as Knooks and Tunisian hooks. The program also provides official charts on standards for hook and needle sizes as well as yarns, which is useful when buying or choosing yarn and tools for a project. There are links to the yarn guild for these references.
This program has a cute game, but I haven’t spent much time playing with it. I am too busy doing needlework!
What I enjoy the most is being able to keep records of my projects, with notes and details of tools and materials. The row counter and timer is useful in this section. If you start your record of the project after you start the piece you can start on your current row. I did that with a sweater and it helped me keep track as I went from there. I like that there is space for multiple projects and that you can categorize them a couple of ways. You can clarify if the item will be knit, crochet or other. That helps with my loom knitting crafts. You can also specify what the item will be, such as potholder or sweater.
The program also offers a connection to YouTube for a tutorial on the application. It’s a simple guide but good to have available.
At first I chose the free version but I was curious about the upgrade, which eliminates advertisements and gives options on the main page screen cover. I don’t regret paying for the upgrade but I would have been just as satisfied with the free version. This is a very handy program and I’m very pleased with it.
I am an office worker by day but a writer and crafter in my free time. My books can be found on Amazon in print or on Kindle.