My First Knitting Blog Tool: Work In Progress Bars

Monday, May 29th, 2006
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8% Progress 32% Progress 65% Progress 100% Progress

I’ve seen lots of progress bars on various knitting blogs, and I’ve always really wanted one. I didn’t really like any of the ones I found on the net, so I decided to make my own. They’re dynamically-generated [[PNG]] files. I’ve never used [[PHP]] to generate images before, so it was really cool to learn how to do it. I introduced a neat little colour scale, too; it goes from purple to green to orange to pink! * Girl power! *

I’m planning on offering this as a WordPress plugin to any other knitters who want to include it on their blog. There’ll be a Dashboard interface where you can input your WIPs and edit their percentage finished, and maybe some other features once I think about it more.

If you’d like to have this on your blog, leave me a comment or send me an email and I’ll hack something together quickly. The more responses I get, the bigger the push will be to get this plugin finished!

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14 Comments to “My First Knitting Blog Tool: Work In Progress Bars”

  1. Would like to try your progress indicator. It is a great way to keep track of WIP and even a motivator.

    Comment by
    May 31, 2006 @ 8:22 pm
  2. Indeed! I’ll send you an email with info.

    Comment by Eve
    June 1, 2006 @ 5:33 pm
  3. This is so cool and you made ‘em yourself! I have been so envious of the little progress bars people have on their blogs – I’m going to have to use these – can I?? :)

    Comment by Laura
    June 16, 2006 @ 1:20 pm
  4. Please, please, please count me in! I love your cute bars, and I would love to have some. Peggy’s right; it’s a great motivator (I am highly motivated by shame ;)

    Comment by lorinda
    June 18, 2006 @ 12:28 am
  5. [...] Get these progress bars! [...]

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    June 18, 2006 @ 11:28 am
  6. I would love to have a copy of this…esp as a wordpress plugin. plesae count me in as well. :)

    Comment by Jen da Purse-Ho
    July 18, 2006 @ 12:26 am
  7. New, or so to say, to blogging. Can’t get by wings to work. This may be just the thing to get me off the ground. YEAH!

    Comment by Deb
    September 24, 2006 @ 6:34 pm
  8. Ingenious! Great invention!

    Comment by Barbara
    October 11, 2006 @ 8:24 am
  9. I’m just about to move Emphatic Knitting to WordPress, and these would be great!

    Comment by Flan
    October 16, 2006 @ 3:50 pm
  10. I would lobe to have WIPs toolbar on my blog!

    Comment by Alexia
    June 22, 2008 @ 1:06 am
  11. I would love to have these! I’ve been searching for some and can’t seem to figure out how to add one. Would this work on the free version of wordpress??

    Comment by Rosie
    February 27, 2009 @ 9:58 pm
  12. Sure does!

    Comment by Eve
    March 7, 2009 @ 1:33 pm
  13. I hope it works with any blog not just wordpress ? my blog is at Thanks!

    Comment by Marlene
    March 20, 2009 @ 1:19 am
  14. Unfortunately, it only works for wordpress blogs. You can look into to manage your projects; I believe they have a script you can add to your sidebar to display your works in progress.

    Comment by Eve
    March 23, 2009 @ 1:20 pm

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