KnitCompanion wants to come to Android, Vogue Knitting Live and knitted jumpers for penguins.
Welcome to eighth the installment of our weekly update of knitting related news stories.
This week’s news:
- KnitCompanion wants to come to android
Although I have a MacBook laptop, my mobile devices (phone and tablet) are both android. I like android and have no desire nor the intention to switch to ios. That being said, I have to say I’ve long been a bit envious of iPad and iPhone people having the app KnitCompanion available to them.
KnitCompanion allows the use of pdf knitting patterns on your device by adding all sorts of handy features such as row counters and chart readers and more. It looks seriously, seriously good.
And now KnitCompanion wants to bring their goodies to us android owners as well. They’re a small company though, so in order to be able to make the required investments, they are looking for funding through Kickstarter. Crowdfunding is a popular way of enabling small start-ups to to develop new projects. Even as little as a dollar will help them accomplish their goal of developing the app. If you pledge $10 or more you’ll receive some goodies as a reward. Mind you, your account will only be charged if the project goes ahead. Payments are made through Amazon so perfectly safe.
I’ve already made my pledge. If you’re a knitter and an android user, have a look over at Kickstarter and consider helping fund the development of the android version of this great app.
- Vogue Knitting Live
The biggest show in hand knitting in the world is no doubt Vogue Knitting Live. It was on again from 17 to 20 January in New York. So many of the big names in knitting design attended. It was the place to be for the latest trends in yarn, designs and techniques.
Unfortunately it’s a bit far from Dublin so I couldn’t go myself; I envy those of you who live closer (at least on the right side of the Atlantic for a start!). In still enjoyed looking at the pictures and reading the reports.
Check out this feed for a great visual impression of the event.
It also inspired this post on buzzfeed: 23 Things That Would If Knitters Ran The World. Wouldn’t we all want to live in a world like that?
By the way, if you’re anywhere near Seattle, you’re in luck. The show is coming there in March. You can find more info on the website. Lucky you if you get to go.
- Knit sweaters for injured penguins
Australian wildlife protectors are calling on knitters to send in little knitted jumpers/sweaters for little penguins injured as a result of oil spills. The jumpers will help protect vulnerable little birds. The first time this came up was in 2011, but sadly problems continue and more penguin sweaters are still needed.
Find more about this initiative here
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