21st Century Knitting
|I took this with the Ipad camera.|
Sketching ideas, graphing charts, and writing instructions for a knitting pattern are such time consuming activities, especially for a full-time English teacher with limited math skills. Keeping track of a vast library of digital knitting patterns created by other designers--patterns stowed in Ravelry and in a variety of folders in an assortment of places--is also a challenge. Maybe someday if I find myself incapacitated (and less likely to get distracted by laundry, dishes, and yard work) I might be able to organize photos from my Snapfish, Windows Live, Amazon Cloud, numerous flash drives, two external hard drives, and desktop and laptop computers. Actually my photos that were on “my” laptop are now on a flash drive as I moved them there after last week's unfortunate ant incident (when an army of these critters crawled out of the keyboard). Note, my entire house isn’t infested with vermin, but the potato chip bags, banana peels, cellophane cracker wrappers, and odd sticky plates that often litter my fifteen-year-old’s room (where he likes to use the laptop to download awful music and sometimes do homework) obviously attracted some visitors. Anyway, I digress. The point is that this past weekend I purchased an Ipad (a personal device for me—at least until the newness wears off), and I can see already how this item will facilitate all aspects my knitting hobby.
Right away, I downloaded a few knitting-related apps that were very inexpensive (both under $5.00) and am now spending awe-struck hours engaging in yet another way to eat up the abundance of time I have left after teaching all day. One is StitchSketch, which allows the user to design her own color work charts or to upload and convert a photo to a knitting chart. I haven’t tried the second option yet, but did spend some time entranced by touching my fingers on little boxes and creating a colorful pattern I’d first drawn out on graph paper. (This design is something I’m cooking up for Knit and Crochet Blog Week, an annual event for knitters and crocheters sponsored by Eskimimakes).
|This is part of a design I'm working on using StitchSketch. Excuse the fingerprints on the screen.|
|I used Snapseed to edit this photo of a vest I'm making using beautiful Rowan spring yarn. I still have to play with working on tuning the overexposed areas of the image.|