You spend hours and hours knitting a gift for a friend or family member, pouring your love for that person into your craft. You present the gift, and the recipient is pleased. You feel that all the time spent on getting those details right was totally worth it, and you’re filled with the urge to gift knit for others.
Then the recipient washes it.
Hands up if you’ve ever given a gift that wasn’t taken care of properly? Maybe the colours ran or faded prematurely, or a garment shrank in the dryer, or any number of other things an unsuspecting person might do to an item that took 100 hours to make. Probably quite a few of you can relate, and that’s the inspiration for my newest project.
I present to you . . . KnitCare!
This terrible name is only a working title, suggestions are welcome as I completely fail at naming things and it’ll cover crochet items too.
The idea is an easy to use online tool allowing knitters and crocheters to select care instructions for a gift, along with their own personalised notes. The recipient then has access to a bookmarkable, printable, emailable etc permanent record of how to care for their item and has absolutely no excuse for shrinking anything in the wash ever again!
At the moment I’m working on getting an open beta version of the tool live, these are the features you can expect to see from this first version.
- Gift tag templates – print out a tag complete with care code to give your gift a professional look
- Crafters – sign up and manage all of your gifts, see which have been claimed by the recipient
- Recipients – sign in, enter your care code to claim a gift, and you’ll have access to a simple list of all your gifts for future reference
- ?? Your feature suggestion here ??
In the meantime I’d love to hear from anyone who is interested in testing this thing out in the closed beta stage and helping me find bugs. Maybe you just have a feature suggestion etoro or other comment, and that’s helpful too. If there’s enough interest I’ll think about creating a Ravelry group, but that relies on actually thinking up a name first so hmmm.live streaming movie The Discovery
If any paid features are EVER added to the tool, closed beta testers will automatically have free access forever as a thank you for helping out in the early stages.
If you don’t think you’d like to test KnitCare, but you’re interested in hearing when it goes live, make sure you’re subscribed to my blog! Email subscribers will be first to know, but I’ll announce everything here too so RSS subscribers won’t be left out.
Yay for fun projects!