Knitting Patterns on my Kindle

Throughout the editorial section, you’ll note I often talk about the Kindle in some way.  I’m a big fan, and I’m fascinated by how it is changing so many things in my book reading style, as well, as the changes the industries (publishing, booksellers, etc) are having to make to cater to ebook user trends.

But that’s not really what I want to talk about here. I made a new discovery that I’m extremely excited about – a new use for my Kindle.

Over Christmas last year, I learned how to knit. (PS…I find I love knitting… who knew?!)  I have trolled the internet looking for patterns over the course of the last few months, and have hand written some of the ones I wanted to try for a specific project I decided I wanted to do.  Now, I have a printer, but I rarely use it, and its out of ink; and well, I just haven’t replenished the ink supply yet.  Well, it occurred to me last week, I can read pdfs on my Kindle, couldn’t I utilize this function instead of hand-writing patterns?

Any pattern can be cut and pasted into a word document, saved as a pdf and then sent to my Kindle email address, and whomp there it is – a category for the patterns I want to try, right at my fingertips, sitting next to me while I’m knitting.

I have neat projects to work on and I’m doing my little part to save the environment by not printing out the patterns.

It took me a little bit to get the patterns formatted correctly. To help others who may want to try this out, here’s what I’ve found:

Cut and Paste the whole pattern (with or without picture – I normally do without just for a bit of ease) into a Word document (I’m using Microsoft Word 2007 version). Don’t forget to add the url for the place you get the pattern.  I normally add this to the bottom, after the pattern.  This allows me the ability to go back to the site later and look for more if I want.  And, more importantly, it gives credit to the person from whom I got the pattern.

Format the document to take out various extra lines and spaces that may make your final document stretch out to several pages unnecessarily.  Change your font to Times Roman and your font size to 16.  Bold the areas you think need to be bold, Save it as a word document (optional) and then save as a pdf.  Email yourself at your kindle address this pdf.  It should be formatted well for the device.  If the font is a bit too small, then increase the font, save both files (replace the ones that are already there) and resend it to yourself.

Here is an example of one of the patterns.  Feel free to click the save button on the pdf when it opens, send it to your kindle and see how functional it is.  PS.  This pattern is for a Waffle Knit Dishcloth was found at Homespun Living.

I suspect this would work for any sort of handwork patterns. Has anyone else done this?

On the topic of knitting, I believe there are probably a great many of you out there that are both avid readers and avid knitters or other handwork. I have found that knitting is just as relaxing (and thrilling) as sitting down with a really good book.  While immersing one’s self in a really good book is really a solitary activity, knitting can be done while conversing and visiting with others, and even paying attention to something else completely.  I guess it seems like others probably find the same enjoyment out of both that I do.

I’m wondering if any of you have knitting books that you could recommend.  Patterns or even just really good how-to books is what I’m looking for. Though I’ve been a knitting fool since I’ve learned so few months ago, I’m only a novice, and would love to know what some of you who have been knitting for years use as the mainstay-in-the-knitting-bag book to help you when you get stuck on a stitch and other things.

Thanks for visiting Old Musty Books.  Its been several months since my last Sunday Salon post and before that one, it was almost a year.  I’ve decided to resurrect this category of posts.  Hopefully, I can keep up this time, faithfully writing every week.

Enjoy your upcoming week!

r.