Elizabeth A.S. Brooke

Crafting, traveling and everything in between.


A knitter’s and crocheter’s iPad app

Have you heard about the new Knitting & Crocheting app for the iPad?

I learned about it from Vickie Howell’s post on Twitter earlier this week. (You can visit her blog here.)

The press release says the app features include content with pics, instructions with photos and illustrations, tips and tricks and several projects.

I wonder how useful the app really is. Press releases are good about giving glowing descriptions of products, but once you cut through all the crap, what’s really there? There doesn’t seem to be much based on the description, so I wonder what the app’s really like.

I don’t have an iPad, but would like to have one. I’m interested in any reviews from people who’ve tried the app out. Is that you? Let me know what you think.
Are there any row counters to help you keep track of where you’re at in a project? Can you upload or download projects to the app? Abbreviation guides included? A social feature where you can connect with other knitters and crocheters?
I can’t wait to find or hear of some reviews.

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Table solutions

In another post, I told you about how steam and heat from a recent batch of bread ruined our antique table. Yes, I’m still not over that. Still pretty upset about it.
So upset in fact, I baked a cake (which I set on the counter to cool, not the table) and placed it and the cake pan on the table over the offensive spot so I wouldn’t have to see it every time I walked by.
I’m in search of another way to fix the damage rather than going through the whole process of sanding and refinishing the whole table leaf. Besides being too time consuming, I’m worried the color, after refinishing, will not match the rest of the table or two other leaves.

While visiting with my grandparents this week, Nannie gave me an insert from one of her most recent “Taste of Home” magazines. The insert listed a variety of tips for home remedies, such as removing candle wax from carpet.
One of those tips happen to be about using a pecan to restain table scratches, etc. Supposedly the oil from the pecan would naturally dye the wood.
I figured I had nothing to lose so I thought I’d give it a try.
As you can see, the spot isn’t quite as . . . bright . . . as it once was. But it’s still there.
So, next up . . . the old trusty Old English polish.
But, unfortunately, I only have polish for lighter stained woods. So that didn’t work either.
If anyone has some suggestions or ideas, please share! Or any round table clothe to throw over the table would be appreciated too.