1) Ellen - I owe you a set of stitch markers!! Thanks for leaving a comment. Do you prefer angels or stars?
2) The alpaca fleece is almost dry. Thank goodness for a few warm days because it's looking like rain is coming in a few minutes at the moment!!
3) I am writing final drafts for the first three episodes of the podcast!! I will be starting a Ravelry group for it this week. If you are a Rav friend, watch for your invite! If not - please join me! I am kimberlyspins.
I have discovered two iphone apps that have revolutionized my stash management. Hooooollllllyyyyy Moooollleeeeyyy!
The first app is YARMA, a 99 cent app from untested, ltd. It's like Instagram for Ravelry! Pros: app contains fun filters, links to stash and allows uploads to Flickr as well as saves the original photo on your phone memory card or camera roll. Cons: what you are photographing must already be listed in your stash in order to match the photo to it. There is no way to add stash from the app. I have a feeling that will get added in the future, but for now. . .nope. The other con is that the app only acknowledges yarn stash, not fiber. But. . .Ravelry has a good workaround for that. Just add your fiber to the yarn stash, add the photo, then convert that item to fiber stash. It's easy. The app is totally worth the 99 cents.
I am also really enjoying Stash2Go by Wurzelkraut. It grants access to patterns in Ravelry, searches for yarn stores, and a few more features. There is a free version, or the full version for under $5 ( I think it was $3.99). Adding stash can be done, although I think this could be smoother. You have to do a yarn search before you can add anything and it uses a bar code reader to do that. Meaning - you hold your phone over the bar code and the program reads it. If the yarn is in your stash, it will turn up with no additional info. This is only going to work with commercial, widely distributed yarns, but hey - the apps have to start somewhere and I think they will evolve rapidly as they get feedback from users. The biggest benefit to this app is the access given to your uploaded stash, needles, favorites, forums, etc. in a format that is MUCH easier to read on an iphone. Stash2Go has an amazing support site which includes VIDEO on how to use its features, and comes in multiple languages. The creators seem really responsive to clients. TOTALLY WORTH THE MONEY!
Have an app you really like??? PLEASE share it!
Talk to you all soon!