Juliet's blog – fibre-filled me-time and knitting apps

Knit Companion knitting appJuliet Bernard, editor of The Knitter, enjoys some quiet, stress-free knitting time with her newest knitting app.

After all the hectic christmas knitting, which probably starts somewhere around September, I always look forward to the January lull. There is no pressure to knit anything for anyone but yourself so I usually try to make this the moment to reach for a wonderful cashmere or a luxurious merino silk.

I also love to try a pattern that is a little more challenging and needs me to focus - in other words some deeply fibre-filled me-time.    

The appeal of wrestling with pages and pages of a pattern, trying to piece together charts soon wears thin and I have even been known to chop up a pattern to put the bits I need in a more sensible order at works for me.

Now I don't need to reach for the scissors and sellotape thanks to a new iPad app called Knit Companion, which allows you to reorder a pdf pattern, adding row counters to charts and text, notes and highlights. It does take a little time to set up each pattern and it isn't the cheapest App but it offers so much more than I expected, making patterns truly interactive.