Granny Along Week #2Monday, May 10, 2010
Welcome to week 2 of the granny along.
Hopefully everyone has gathered their supplies and taken a peek at their pattern. I know I have, several times. :) This week, we'll begin to crochet our granny squares.
Week 2 task: crochet 2 granny squares; post pictures of your squares or your progress
Extra task: tell if you use anything to count while crocheting (ie: a stitch counter, stitch marker, paper clip, etc.)
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As you can see, I have not finished my granny squares yet. Oops! I was asked to put together a crochet tutorial for a really cool new website, so I had to put my granny squares on the back burner.
I was going to hold off posting the lesson until I completed them, but realized that was stupid. So, I'll add my pictures to this post when they are completed (hopefully, tonight or tomorrow). I can do my extra task though.
Extra task: I usually use some sort of stitch marker to count my rows, though, so far, my granny squares haven't required a stitch marker.
When I first started crocheting I bought some crochet stitch markers off Etsy. They were super cute and tiny, but worked well. I found out, while crocheting a huge whale blanket, that I needed some that were not only cute but useful. So, I made my own set of numbered stitch markers to mark each row.
I use these all of the time.
But just this weekend, while fooling around with my iTouch, I found two really awesome apps that act as a stitch counter. I just love my iTouch. :)
StitchMinder is a free app for Apple iPhone and iTouch. Its only purpose is to work as an electronic stitch counter. Pretty cool!
KnitMinder is available for Apple iPhone and iTouch for free for the lite version or for $2.99 for the full version. I uploaded the free, lite version to see how I like it before I pay any money for it.
I haven't done too much work with it yet, but from what I've seen I really like it.
On the bottom bar, you can add your projects, photos, patterns, yarn in your stash (my stash might break the app), hooks and needles, and notes for the projects. Once you add a project, you can begin to use the built in stitch counter.
The really cool thing about this app is you can have a stitch counter for each project and you can include notes, like what hook you are using. That is my big issue. I am always forgetting what hook I need for each project.
The only drawback to the lite version is there is a limit to how many projects, patterns, yarn, etc. you can add. So, if I like it a lot I'll pay the $2.99 and upload the full version. After all, $2.99 is a great price for my sanity. :)