KnitMeter is now a Facebook App

Posted on May 29th, 2009 in MySQL,PHP,Programming,Websites by Brandon

KnitMeter.com is a site that I wrote quickly for my wife to keep track of how much she has knit. It generate a little ‘widget’ image that can be placed on blogs, forums, etc and says how many miles of yarn you have knit in some period. The site has been live for about a year and a half now and has a couple thousand registered users.

I have been receiving an increasing number of requests to add a method for adding a KnitMeter it to Facebook. I’ve experimented with a couple of other ideas on Facebook and found that it was pretty straightforward to write an app. KnitMeter seems like a decent candidate for a social app, so I started working on it about a week ago. And I’m happy to say that I just made the application live late last night. It is available at http://apps.facebook.com/knitmeter/.

Features include:

  • Ability to add projects and add knitted lengths to a project (or not)
  • Settings for inputting lengths in feet, yards, or meters
  • Display how much you’ve knit in feet, yards, meters, kilometers, or miles
  • When entering a new length, you can choose to have it publish a ‘story’ on your profile page
  • You can add a tab on your profile page that shows each of your projects as well as a total
  • You can add a KnitMeter ‘box’ to the side of your profile page, or on your ‘boxes’ tab.

I recreated the database from scratch and defined it a little better, so I have a little bit of work to do in migrating the existing site and database over to the new structure. Once that is done users will be able to import their data from the existing KnitMeter.com by providing their email/password.

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  1. Beth J. said,

    on July 9th, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    Love your KnitMeter, but would prefer to enter my yarn knitted by weight.

    I notice in the “My preferences” section, there is the option to configure “Default units when entering by weight” — but I can’t figure out where I would go about entering in my progress by weight. On the “Enter a length” page, there is no place to enter progress by weight, only length.

    Could you advise?

    Thank you!

  2. Lauren said,

    on August 2nd, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    I cannot get the Facebook app to transfer all the data I already entered on KnitMeter.com; it just shows up empty. Also, what does “enter a day” on KnitMeter.com do? I click it, and nothing happens. Additionally, the “let me know” link doesn’t work, which is why I’m commenting here.

  3. Jim said,

    on February 27th, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    I agree with Wynelle up above me. I’m a handspinner in addition to a knitter and I’d LOVE a ‘SpinMeter’!

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