The recent update of the Everyday Food app for iPhone has had me feverishly marking favorite recipes and creating shopping lists for my in-laws' visit this coming week. I'm again reminded of how dependent I've become on what I call my "gadget"—my always-on-me iPhone. And how addicted I am to those sweet little apps— Martha handles my meals and cookies, but I have hundreds more apps that do everything from predict weather to motivate me to jog.
Here's my top five types of iPhone apps I use the most in my crafting life, and which I feel no on-the-go crafter should be without:
1. A list app. So important! Now you don't need to write lists on scrap paper and forget to bring them to Michaels—there are plenty of to-do and shopping-list apps out there to keep it all in one place. I like GoTasks (free), which is quite simple, syncs with my Google Tasks account, and lets me edit my lists from both my computer and phone.
2. A color app. You can use palette-creating apps to remember choices for projects, or just to play with color. Most will pull colors from a photo, so take a picture of that sunset and work from there. I like Cliqcliq Colors ($2.99). And of course there's the Martha Stewart Egg Dyeing app ($0.99), which isn't just for Easter—stare at the gorgeous egg color wheels to get inspired. You can also use the color recipes for mixing icing or as reference for mixing other pigments.
3. A doodler or sketchbook. Whether it's just for playing or for creating your own drawings and motifs, no creative person should walk around without a place to scribble. I like Brushes ($4.99), which is simple enough to use but has incredible possibilities (check out what some artists created with just that app—it's nuts).
4. A measurement converter. What if you want to know how many yards of ribbon to buy for that garland you measured in inches? Or what if you need to convert the fragrance in a European candle recipe from mL to tsp? iConvert ($0.99) is a nice basic converter with an easy-to-use interface.
5. Finally, an app specific to your favorite craft(s). I use BlockFab (free) often to browse traditional quilt blocks, plan layouts, and calculate yardage. A quick search turns up plenty of high-rated apps for knitting, crochet, scrapbooking...you name it.
All the iPhone apps mentioned here can also be used on the iPod touch. To find out more about the iPad/iPhone apps and digital media available from Martha Stewart, go to www.marthastewart.com/apps.