I've just found a great app for knitters and crocheters. Its a row counter - you set it up on your phone or tablet and tap the screen at the end of the row, so much easier than pencil and paper!
I had a large project on the go just before Christmas - an Aran Jacket for my mother in law and the pattern was a bit tricky over about 20 rows so the app was amazing. Its great when i'm working on my little designs when its important to keep track of the rows. Oh I know you techie lot will probably tell me that these apps have been around for ages but for everyone else - they're great and free.
Something else I wanted to share is a bit odd. Over the last year or so I've been knitting and crocheting a lot of, mostly, little items. Not only do I put patterns on here but also on Ravelry (see my blog). I knit the item up, usually pull some out and amend, and jot notes for the pattern. Once the pattern has been typed up I test knit it at least 2 times, the finished items are usually given to granddaughters , donated to charity fundraisers or sold on Ebay. The thing is - when I cast on to knit or crochet, I don't consciously count I just stop when I think I've done enough as I'm usually watching the TV or chatting to OH. Anyway the strange thing is I almost ALWAYS have the right number of stitches. Even when knitting the aran jacket when I had to cast on 100 or so I generally had the correct number. Perhaps its because I do so much knitting I must subconsciously add as I go even when talking to someone.
If anyone else does this I'd love to hear your views.
Right back to testing my new pattern for teddy dress and shoes.