4.11.2012

toolbox


Now that I am working on my third crochet project, I felt that it was time to make a long term commitment to the craft and invest in more comfortable hooks. I really love these bamboo handled ones from Susan Bates. They have allowed me to crochet longer without feeling any hand or wrist pain. My old set will be given to my niece after a little bit of refashioning. Thanks Nicky for the idea!


Another addition to the toolbox is a great PDF reader app for the iPad and iPhone called Goodreader. Most of my patterns are stored on my iPad and now with Goodreader, I am able to mark them up to my heart's content. There is even a moveable highlighter function which I use to keep track of where I am in a pattern or chart. This is also a great way to highlight the instructions for a specific size. No more searching for a pen or sticky notes. For someone like me who has many WIP's to manage, this tool makes it easier to keep the different patterns and project notes organized and at my fingertips.

12 comments:

  1. Oooh, I love the idea of highlighting on PDFs. I will have to try that on my Kindle Fire.

    I applaud your decision to invest in a "real set" of crochet hooks. Having the right tools for the job is invaluable!

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  2. The crochet hooks are gorgeous. It adds something to work with beautiful tools, doesn't it?
    I've wanted an ipad for a long while. Now I want one even more!

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  3. I would so lovvvvve to get that app, but that would imply that I could actually pry my ipad out of my dearest hubby's fingers!!!

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  4. Gorgeous hooks! That app sounds fab too. I wonder if it's available on Android. I shall have to go off and investigate!

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  5. I'm with you and have made a commitment to graduate to high quality tools (like my new Addi Turbos -- woop woop). Thanks for the app suggestion. I'm starting to read patterns on my ipad, too, and am excited to check out Goodreader. Love your hooks!

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  6. I haven't yet invested in fancier hooks but I think I'm going to have to. Those bamboo ones are so pretty.

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  7. love the hooks! i've done some crocheting....but think if I invest in some real hooks I've officially adopted a new craft. (Sort of like sewing on my "pretend" sewing machine---doesn't count as a hobby if you don't have all the right tools!!!)

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  8. Those are really gorgeous hooks - they look really comfortable! I like the idea of a highlight-able PDF Reader. I print out my instructions then write/mark all over them, so I would have to reprint if I did the pattern again.

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  9. Mmm, those hooks look lovely. I may have to buy a single one in a size I use a lot and see if I like them...

    Also, I can't wait to see your hook-refashioning. I adored the ones Nicky did.

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  10. I love the new hooks and thanks for the compliment on my refashioned hooks. I can't wait to see what you do with yours!!!!

    I've been anti Ipod, Ipad, Apple for so long, but you're tempting me to get an Ipad ... you really are. I love the portability!

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  11. Just wanted to swing by to let you know I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award :) Thank you for your inspiring posts!

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  12. I have Goodreader on my iPhone and use it all the time for patterns! Very informative post!

    This is one of the many reasons I have nominated you for the Versatile Blog Award!
    http://suddenexpression.wordpress.com/2012/04/19/the-versatile-blog-award/

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