Do you sometimes need to figure out how many yards of yarn you have used for a specific knitting project – for instance for yarn substitution, or if now you want to know how many yards you have left? And if you like me, are not the fastest at doing calculations, you might also appreciate an app for your smartphone to make the calculations for you. Not that the calculations are too complicated, but anyway ….
Now I have finally cracked the code with regard to making apps for Android tablets or phones. I did an attempt about a year ago, but the learning curve was simply too steep, so I gave up and ended up with interactive PDF files for some of my knitting patterns, Dragesjalet and Any Size, Any Gauge Socks. I also did a few “estimators” which sadly has not had the large audience. It is of course much smarter to have the application on a smart phone or tablet. Apps are the way forward.
And then today I got my first little knitting app for Android completed – it will be available in English eventually. It calculates the yardage from information about the weight of a skein of yarn and how many yards there are in a skein. Furthermore, the application can calculate how many yards of yarn that you have used if you type in the weight of the used yarn.
Now while I write, I get ideas for several things the app should be able to do, in order to increase the functionality, and I also have plans to implement several other knitting estimators. Ideas for things that otherwise would be useful, are more than welcome. So far I have the following on my to do list:
- Number of stitches to pick up from a bias edge
- How to distribute increases/decreases evenly
- Conversion between metric and US
I am considering whether I will make the apps available in Google’s Play Store at some point.