Test knitters needed!

Dear knitter, in case you are stopping by, I’m looking for people to test the Wool Assistant increase/decrease calculator we launched recently so we can catch any mistake, bugs or even work on some improvements.

So if you’re doing a project and you bump into one of these famous “Decrease evenly by… ” or “Increase evenly by” that makes you pull your hair because you don’t have your calculator next to you and tons of paper to make notes, well give it a go and let me know 🙂 Did it work for you? Was it useful?

You can access the increase/decrease calculator at http://www.woolassistant.com

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Thank you!!! Much love!

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Wool Assistant 1.0 is launched!

It’s taking shape! As I told you in my last post, my partner and I are working on a knitting calculator to help interpreting complicated increases or decreases in a knitting pattern.

How to spread across your stitches, and if possible, in an even manner?

So after doing a lot of math and coding, we’ve prepared our very first version of the site. I would be very grateful for any feedback you have!

At the moment you can:

  • calculate for knitting in a row
  • choose to increase or decrease your knitting project
  • dynamically modify how many stitches you have, how many you want to increase/decrease by and get the Results and Diagram updated straight away
  • change the type of stitch you are using (at the moment we have YO, M1, K2TOG, SSK) and once again update straight away your Results and Diagram
  • visualise how the decrease/increase will be spread across your work in the Diagram
  • expand the Diagram so you can see your whole work (in case you have a repeated pattern)
  • highlight an instruction in the Results so you can see how it looks like in the Diagram and vice versa
  • click a stitch to mark it (so you mark your progress as you knit) – yeah that’s really cool 🙂

And the best part: it’s FREE!

You can access the Wool Assistant 1.0 here for FREE !

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We will be looking in the future to expend it with:

  • calculating when knitting in a circle (that’s why the option is greyed out at the moment)
  • adding more calculation options (I still have to figure them out 🙂 )

So what do you think? If you use it, please send me your feedback so I know whether it works as expected or not. Also suggested improvements are welcome 🙂

I’m an auntie! Time to get back on the needles!

As you noticed there has been a long silence on this blog… Time to undust, remove the tumbleweeds and spiderwebs that cumulated around. And what a better reason than : I am now an auntie, so I have some new projects on my needles and tons of update to share !!! 😀

Things have changed a lot since the last post, so after losing everything (motivation included), I had to find a way to get back on the horse. I finally put back my life together and after about 2 years: I got a new job, bought a new flat, I am fixing my foot (oh yeah I sprained my ankle and it’s been almost 2 years I am having issues walking with it, it’s almost finally healed!), I am finished with my divorce (yep that also happened in the meantime), and mainly I extended my family: two cats (who are loving all the yarn around!), an amazing SO with his adorable twins and his dog, and now to top it all up my sister just gave birth to my beautiful niece Eleyna.

I’m getting ready to visit Eleyna in next coming weeks back in France. So I started some new projects and wanted to share them with you 🙂

First when I visited my sister last Christmas, I had already prepared some matching knitted hats for my sister, her boyfriend and the baby to be born with a very cute pom-pom. And mind you, even the baby hat had a smaller pom-pom matching the adult one. Actually the baby hat turned out a little too big, but since you can roll it up and it’s quite flexible, she will be able to use it for years 🙂

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During that visit, my sister gave me some yarn and a baby vest pattern she struggled with. She loved the yarn but couldn’t figure out how to knit the pattern, she then gave it to my mum who had the same struggles. So they gave it back to me to give it a go. Being the most patient and stubborn one in the family, I eventually managed to finish it!!! Ah! The satisfaction 🙂 And it looks really nice 🙂

I’m missing a picture here of the vest, but will edit the post as soon as I have one…

Later on, my sister saw some white blanket for summer and really liked the idea. So I’m currently working on a baby cotton white blanket. I found some hearts pattern and decided to create my own blanket. It still is a work in progress and I need to find what edge to do to make it a bit larger. But this is what I have so far:

I also started a new carpet, I’m already half way. I’m using three yarns together that I change at the end of the ball. Here is the over look of the color mix I’m using – I love it 🙂 :

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Spoiler alert! Another reason for me to get back behind the keyboard: my new partner has decided to tackle one of my pet peeves in knitting: pattern instructions that are driving me nuts… and so he is helping me out building a knitting calculator or rather an app to help me with distributing stitches when adding or decreasing them, because yeah “Increase by 35 stitches” on paper sounds easy, but in real life: where the heck am I supposed to put them within those 97 stitches on my needle!?  And I need visuals and something interactive, and we are no longer using Windows 95, can I get something a bit more modern?!

I’ve been looking for a bunch of apps, websites, but nothing was satisfying me, so we are tackling that one at the moment 🙂 and it’s fun! Ok, it’s also sometimes doing my head when I am working with all the maths, but at least it’s really interesting and I’m going back to my programming roots that I studied at university many moons ago. So I’m learning, we’re having fun coding together and on top of it I will have an app to help me! Ultimate Win-Win!!! 😀 Since I’m expecting I’m not the only one having issues with this, we are gonna make it available on a website called http://woolassistant.com. I am actually quite curious how it will turn out. I will let you know once it is available!!