So much work has been going on, and in such a short period of time there has been tremendous progress. BUT, nothing to show you yet! So, how about I tell you a bit about where this idea came from…
About 2 years ago I embarked on a lace knitting project. It was not too complex, but it was the hardest lace I’d done so far. It was Flamenco by Melanie Gibbons of Pink Lemon Twist. After reviewing the pattern, I realized that for me to keep things straight during the knitting I needed to put together multiple pieces to complete a chart, and then knit through several charts to complete each row. I’m not a highly organized person, and I also knew I’d be knitting this over time. In the end, I did a lot of photo copying and taping to create each page. Then I stapled those pages together into a booklet and I’d page through that booklet to complete each row. But how to track which row I was on, and follow those long rows across the page? I had a small chart tracker with magnetic strips, but it wasn’t nearly large enough for this job. I ended up using one of those lap desks with a plastic top and glueing a metal sheet to that so I could use my magnetic strips. It worked. BUT….
There really must be a better way.
Over the next year, I knit other patterns from a variety of designers including Anne Hanson of Knitspot and the Evenstar shawl by Susan Pandorf. I made lots of photocopies, and used my chart tracker. The biggest challenge is I only have one chart tracker. And it isn’t that portable. If it gets banged or knocked then the magnet loses it’s spot. And I had to be so careful not to let it slip off my lap while knitting or everything came crashing apart. The upside was that I was forced to learn to read my knitting much better (a skill every knitter should practice) because I was always having to figure out where I was in the pattern.
But really, there must be a better way.
At the same time, I had friends who had kindles, and I played with an iPad® at an apple store. Such GREAT functionality! But the PDF readers all fell short for what I wanted and needed to be able to do. Then about 6 months ago Ravelry posts their 1 millionth subscriber! Can you imagine, 1 million tech savvy knitters! None of my non-knitting friends could even believe such a thing was possible.
But, that was the thing that really made it all click for me…Imagine if all those savvy knitters could…
Aw, I can’t tell you now. It would spoil the surprise!