Knit Companion

Finally, today is the big day! The day I’ve been waiting for! Knit Companion for Android is now available.  I suppose I could knit without this program but I surely wouldn’t want to do it. There’s so much in the app that makes following patterns so much easier. I loved it for IOS and I’ve waited and waited for the Android version to be released and today, it is being released.

Knit Companion

Knit Companion

JUST FOR THIS WEEKEND – you can get 30% off! If you go to the Google Play store to get it, type in “KnitCompanion” (without a space) and it will come right up.

I’ve had a beta version for a few days and while the Android version doesn’t have all the bells and whistles that the IOS version has, the Android version has some extra features; new features, different features. Also, more features will be added as time permits. The brilliant lady who came up with Knit Companion pretty much works alone, with maybe one part-time helper so even though the wheels turn a bit more slowly than I’d sometimes like, I understand.

I’ve been knitting one pattern on the IOS version and another pattern on the Android version and for the newest pattern, I reached for the Android. 

While many of you love Apple devices, and I don’t dislike Apple, but I like Android better. Other than having the iPad mini purely for Knit Companion, we have no IOS devices that we still use. Android phones, big tablets, little tablets. I’m not saying we’ll never go back to IOS but for now, we’re hooked on Android.

Knit Companion

Knit Companion

It works on the phone, as does the IOS version on iPhones, as well as any Android device that runs Android 4.4 or higher, and one of the new (or at least new to me) features that I love is that I can download patterns directly from my Ravelry library.  It truly is an amazing program but remember, anything harder than turning a device on and off seems hard to me.

I believe you can get a 7 day free trial with the new Android Knit Companion so if you’re an Android lover and a knitter, you really should give it a try. Remember, there’s a learning curve and at first, you may not feel it’s something you can live without but give it a shot and see if you don’t love it.

There’s a Knit Companion Ravelry group where questions are answered promptly either by the creator of the program or by expert users. There’s always someone there sharing knowledge.

Don’t forget . . the 30% off is only good through the weekend!

The Cat Hat and the Sleepless Dog

Yesterday I finished Addie’s cat hat.

Addie's Cat Hat

Addie’s Cat Hat

The pattern is Meowf. I had started the ribbing for the hat a few days ago .. one night when we had too much going on for me to be able to work on Hitofude but I could do ribbing. Sunday evening, we came in from working outside and I thought . . I’ll knit up to the cat part and then I’ll stop for the night. When I got that far, I decided that maybe I’d just start the cats and see how that went. The hat is not worked in the round and there are separate bobbins, or in my case, a mess of thread. hanging down while working on those blasted cats – threads for each colored cat, as well as either a black or white thread in between each cat. Really, once you finish the black part between the cats, there’s the black thread and the white thread.

About 10:30 p.m. Vince said he was going to bed. I said “I’m going to get to a stopping spot and then I’ll be there. At a little after 3 a.m., I finished the knitting but not the sewing the seam or weaving in the million ends.

The Back Side

The Back Side

The hat is cute but I don’t see me making another one. I do not like colorwork!

And, thank you, Rita, for waking up at 5:15 a.m. to go outside and then not wanting to go back to sleep. All day yesterday I kept planning to take a nap but . . just finish one more thing and . . there never was a time for a nap.  I was in bed last night way before 10 and if Rita, or Speck, or Vince or anyone else tried to wake me up . . I didn’t hear a thing. Slept like a rock but still managed to wake up before Vince . . who hears the alarm clock but I don’t hear it.

Maybe after a good night’s sleep, I can come up with a new knitting project today.

Talking With Strangers

Vince and I had not been together long when we found ourselves in a rather long line waiting or a table in a cajun restaurant somewhere in south Louisiana. I struck up a conversation with an older couple in line in front of us and then when their table was ready, it was a table for four so they asked us to join them. We did and we talked like old friends. We left the restaurant and Vince said “You never introduced me!” I said “I don’t know who they are!” and he couldn’t believe we carried on conversations like we were old friends. 

When I started to Missouri last week, I knew pretty quickly into the trip that I had a tire issue. I had recently taken it in to have the tires balanced and rotated and I kept thinking something might not be right. I called them and they said  . . drive it a while . . it sometimes takes a few miles for . . something . . I forgot what they said. Just when I’d think I was taking it back, it would seem better so I never went back but by the time I got near Tulsa, I knew I wasn’t going to make it all the way to Chad’s. I googled to find a Cooper tire dealer and found one and went there. They were busy and it took close to two hours. There was a man waiting and the TV was on some crazy show – one of those where the mom and daughter are fighting and getting advice. The man started talking about how bad TV is these days and I told him we don’t even have cable any more. He said he has it and doesn’t watch it much but he’d been watching the National Rodeo finals. I told him . . I have friend’s whose son is competing . . last name is Martin. He said “Is it Casey Martin?” Yes! It is! The guy in Tulsa knew about him, knew his standings (he was #9 that day) so we had a big discussion about steer wrestling. Then we started talking about land and how many acres you need for one cow and he said “You probably don’t know the Drummons but  . . ” and he was telling me how much land they have just north of Tulsa and I said “Well, yes, I know Pioneer Woman!” It was kinda funny . . we knew the same people . . though really I don’t know Casey Martin . . I just know his mom and dad and it’s been 25 years or more since I saw Casey and of course, we all feel like we know Pioneer Woman but I really don’t know her!

Purple House

Casey Martin’s dad is who built my purple house, which was my favorite house I’ve had! The last time I saw it, someone had painted it blue but it will always be the purple house to me. Casey’s mom was the one who was the main reason we were able to adopt Chad, so the Martin family will always be special to me.

That guy left and another young man came in. He is in chef school and had on his chef coat and we got to talking about food – Italian food and cajun food and that was a good conversation. 

When the guy came and told me my car was ready . . and all four of my tires were out of balance and that’s why I was having so much trouble with it . . I wanted to stay and chat a while longer but it was getting dark. I had planned to be at Chad and Nicole’s before dark and was barely getting out of Tulsa before dark.

I was thankful for good weather – no rain or snow, since I do not like driving after dark. I was also thankful for good conversation with strangers that made the time pass quickly. I was knitting too but it was just ribbing so I was able to talk and knit!