I don't normally post a whole bunch of - check out this or that sales pitch whatever - unless of course I'm posting a product review. I sometimes wonder if I'm overly complimentary in those reviews but someone asked me a couple weeks ago if I ever review a product that's just awful and I was happy to give the honest answer that no, I haven't. A lot of this is due to the fact that I have full control of the products I post about and so my ability to be selective makes that a non-issue. In fact, most of the products I've reviewed in the past have become my absolute favorites and I use them on a regular basis!
Today is a bit different in that I'm not here to do a product review, but I am here to spread the word about a new tool. It's free, it's in the early stages, and I think it's going to be incredibly useful for a great many knitters as it grows. Since it is so very new, it is limited, however I've asked the rep at LoveKnitting.com a few questions so that we have a better idea of where this tool is headed and what benefits it offers knitters at the stage it is now.
I know I've been there and I'm sure you have been too - there's a gift-giving event be it a birthday, baby shower, holiday, or maybe even a craft sale and you're stressing about how much time you have to knit, praying with every stitch you finish before the big day. The aim of this new calculator is to take into account your knitting level, how much time you will honestly be able to knit in a given week, and calculate how much time it will take to complete a variety of projects. These range from baby booties to an adult sized sweater. The catch is that there are only 10 patterns currently available to choose from to get a knitting time calculated for. I immediately felt that this was far too limiting since there are thousands (millions? ba-zillions?) of patterns in different sizes, different gauges, different everything. However, I see the potential in this tool and I think it's a great starting point. For example, even if it isn't exactly the pair you're knitting, the sock calculator should be a good indicator for you as to how long it will take to knit a pair of socks. When I asked if they'll be expanding their patterns for this tool, the rep said that they will absolutely add more patterns if there's a demand and a strong interest in the calculator.
This led me to my second question - what about all of the independent designer patterns available at LoveKnitting.com? Will there be a way of posting knitting time estimates for the patterns they add to the site? The short answer was that if some of their more popular designers are interested, they'd consider adding one or more of their patterns to the page. However, it all hinges on interest in the tool in general as I had said above. If they feel the tool is getting a lot of use and they get a great response from this tester launch, they'd love to roll it out across everything! That's where I come in (and surely many more people they've reached out to). I'm here to let you know about the tool and provide a link to it since there isn't one currently available on the LoveKnitting.com website.
Click the banner below to find out how long it will take to knit this --
I will also provide a link button in the sidebar for easy access for those who need to find their way back to the calculator.
I hope you guys see the potential that I see and I'd love to know your thoughts about the tool as-is or how you'd like to see it improved. I have a few ideas of my own, too!