Ann Budd’s Handy Apps for Yarnies

Editors' note: We always love it when our good friend, PieceWork contributor, and knitter par excellence, Ann Budd, stops by the PieceWork office for a visit. We never know what she might pull out of her bag—a new yarn she's discovered, a pair of funky new socks she's just finished knitting, or more recently, a skein of yarn she spun herself. We invited Ann to tell you about one of the newest items she pulled out of her bag and is really pleased about.

I keep forgetting to slip The Knitter's Handy Guide to Yarn Requirements in my bag when I travel, so I don't know how much yarn to purchase when I visit yarn shops, and I visit a lot of yarn shops. Because I do remember to pack my iPhone, I've often thought, "Wouldn't it  be great to have all that information handy at the tap of a finger?"

Enter Knit Handy and Crochet Handy apps. Created by Interweave's books and digital media teams, these knitting and crochet apps are available for the iPhone and iPod Touch. iPad users can download the apps and view them in small format or enlarged (2x) size. Interweave has plans to release Droid versions this month.

The apps were adapted from my leaflets The Knitter's Handy Guide to Yarn Requirements and The Crocheter's Handy Guide to Yarn Requirements to help knitters and crocheters quickly determine how much yarn they need for various projects.

The Knit Handy app delivers the yardage requirements for eight of the most popular knitted items: sweaters, vests, mittens, gloves, socks, scarves, tams, and hats. The Crochet Handy app provides yardage requirements for basic caps, scarves, bags, afghans, ponchos, baby sweaters, skirts, and tops.

Both apps show all sizes ranging from baby or toddler to large adult, using five standard yarn weights from fingering to bulky. The apps can show measurement units in imperial (inches and yards) or in metric (centimeters and meters).

And it's so simple: Select the measurement units in imperial (inches and yards) or in metric (centimeters and meters); select a project type, then choose gauge (ranging from 3 to 9 stitches per inch) and size; and the yarn amount is calculated. Talk about handy!

Happy Calculating,


P.S. If you have a great story or any items displaying a needlework technique or tradition originating from another country, we’d love to know about them. Our November/December 2012 issue is all about needlework traditions from other lands that have wended their way to the United States. Personal stories, long-treasured family items, or small communities that preserve the traditions of their homeland will make wonderful articles and projects for this issue.  Contact us to learn how to submit your ideas.