A couple of weeks ago I was excited to learn that I'd won an online contest. The prize was the CD "Pick-A-Stitch" from the PJ Young Publishing Company.
The CD contains 130 stitch patterns in the categories of: bobbles and slip stitches, cables and twisted stitches, edging stitches, reversible stitches, textured stitches and lacy stitches and switching from one to another only requires a simple click of the mouse.
The feature that I like best is the ability to change the color of the swatch. Sometimes you will see a stitch pattern in a book that you like, but you try to imagine what it would look like in another color, and sometimes that's difficult. Here's how it looks on the CD: take this Trellis Stitch pattern in light green, for example:
By clicking on the little color grid on the right, you can see what it would look like in, for instance, a dark pink:
Under the swatch you have options: view the swatch, written instructions, charted instructions, bookmark. I clicked on the charted instructions. It looks like this:
It's an excellent little program and easy to use. If you've got a computer, you've got a stitch dictionary.
I'd love to see it expand someday... to include hundreds of patterns and more color options. I'd be surprised if this wasn't the beginning of more CDs to come. Maybe apps for your phone, too?
Thanks PJ Young for my cool prize!